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Designing Early Literacy Programs, First Edition: Strategies for At-Risk Preschool and Kindergarten Children [Paperback]

Lea M. McGee EdD , Donald J. Richgels

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April 30 2003 1572308907 978-1572308909 1
Taking professionals and students step by step through conceptualizing, planning, and implementing an effective early literacy program, this book focuses on preventing reading difficulties and promoting success in at-risk 3- to 5-year-olds. The authors draw on extensive research and many years of influential work in real classrooms. A comprehensive framework is delineated for helping young children construct meaning from different kinds of texts, develop key oral language skills, and learn concepts about print and the alphabet. Ideas for tailoring instruction to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners are accompanied by clear assessment guidelines. The book also offers practical, how-to-do-it suggestions for setting up literacy activities and arranging the classroom environment. Concluding chapters bring the authors' approach to life with vivid depictions of a preschool and a kindergarten classroom in action. Two invaluable appendices provide additional useful resources: reproducible sheets for conducting literacy assessments and a primer on phonics for teachers.


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"Faced with the challenge of sound program design in early literacy, early childhood educators will find this book a rich resource. The book anchors understanding in the research foundations of literacy development, describes the features of deliberate and systematic instruction in early literacy, and articulates strategies teachers can use to create optimum conditions for young children to learn and achieve. As a text, it is suitable for use in professional development initiatives and in early literacy coursework in 4-year and 2-year teacher education programs."--Kathleen Roskos, PhD, Department of Education and Allied Studies, John Carroll University

"There is a critical need for a comprehensive and compelling early literacy book focused on at-risk children. Early childhood students, teachers, and administrators will learn from this book and love it! McGee and Richgels explain both the 'whys' and 'hows' of high-quality preschool programs. They provide cutting-edge concepts and strategies that demonstrate deep respect for all children's capacities to learn. This book will be useful to teachers, teacher educators, and educational leaders who plan, implement, and guide early childhood programs. I would recommend and use it in upper-level courses focusing on early/primary methods and on reading program development for at-risk children."--Penny Freppon, EdD, Graduate Program in Literacy, University of Cincinnati College of Education

"Designing Early Literacy Programs recognizes the complexities of young children's cognitive processes while learning to read and write. Presented are a framework for literacy learning and specific assessment and instructional strategies, based on significant lines of research, that emphasize clear, developmentally appropriate teaching within the context of authentic reading and writing tasks. Classroom descriptions of both preschool and kindergarten settings provide rich illustrations of teachers and children deeply involved in literacy learning. This book should be the centerpiece of preservice and inservice coursework in early literacy instruction."--Patricia L. Scharer, PhD, The Ohio State University

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good. June 25 2007
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I thought this book provided a lot of useful information for someone who is beginning work in this field. I do feel like a great deal of it is targeted more towards preschool than kindergarten, but definitely addresses the needs of "at-risk" students. The assessment suggestions were weak in my opinion, but a good starting point.

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