Unlike any other text on the market for birth-Kindergarten, this text blends a constructivist/emergent literacy perspective with “science-based” instructional practices that have proved successful in supporting young children’s reading, writing, and speaking development.
The book begins with a brief overview of the recent key national policies and initiatives that have had a significant impact on the teaching of reading and writing at the preschool level. Renowned and respected authors Vukelich, Christie, and Enz describe a continuum of approaches to reading instruction, ranging from emergent literacy to scientifically-based reading research. They also present their vision of a “blended” approach to teaching literacy that includes the best elements of these diverging views. The authors end this introduction with a set of principles to guide the effective teaching of literacy in preschool and kindergarten classrooms.
The text covers the development and teaching of both oral and written language in the preschool years. Vukelich, Christie, and Enz advocate a combination of meaningful engagements with print and age-appropriate instruction on core literacy skills. The text also has extensive coverage of working with children from diverse backgrounds, family literacy, and assessment strategies that can be used to inform instruction