■ EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCE IN LANGUAGE ARTS: EARLY LITERACY, Ninth Edition encourages reflective thinking, allows practice of skills, and inspires the collection of ideas for future use. Now in its ninth edition, the text offers many features that will provide students with valuable information they can take directly into a teaching practice: the most current national legislative efforts, as well as attention to public concern and interest in young children's language and foundational literacy skills. It also thoroughly addresses the interrelatedness of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and viewing language arts areas. Students will learn specific activities that include stories, poems, finger plays, and puppetry that they can utilize in a classroom setting. They also will learn curriculum for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, with the theory followed up by how-to suggestions. Cultural diversity is addressed, as well as program-planning ideas for English language learners and children with special needs. Activity sections and the companion website encourage discussion and research.
Section I: LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT: EMERGING LITERACY IN THE YOUNG CHILD.
1. Beginnings of Communication.
2. The Tasks of the Toddler.
3. Preschool Years.
4. Growth Systems Affecting Early Language Ability.
Section II: DEVELOPING LANGUAGE ARTS PROGRAMS.
5. Understanding Differences.
6. Achieving Language and Literacy Goals through Programming.
7. Promoting Language and Literacy.
Section III: Listening: Literate Beginnings.
8. Developing Listening Skills.
Section IV: INTRODUCING LITERATURE.
9. Children and Books.
12. Flannel (Felt) Boards and Activity Sets
Section V: SPEECH GROWTH: CONVERSATION, EXPRESSION, AND DRAMATIZATION.
13. Realizing Speaking Goals.
14. Group Times.
15. Puppetry and Beginning Drama Experiences.
Section VI: WRITING: PRINT AWARENESS AND USE.
16. Print-Early Knowledge and Emerging Interest.
Section VII: READING: A LANGUAGE ART.
17. Reading and Preschoolers.
Section VIII: SETTINGS PROMOTING LITERACY.
18. Developing a Literacy Environment.
19. The Parent-Center Partnership.