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ERIC Number: ED463904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 139
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-935989-87-0
Learning To Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children.
Neuman, Susan B.; Copple, Carol; Bredekamp, Sue
The issues of how and when to teach young children to read and write are sufficiently important and controversial that two professional organizations International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), collaborated on a position statement, based on what is currently known from empirical study about early reading and writing as well as on current issues and concerns. This book for teachers and caregivers explains the IRA/NAEYC position statement and offers guidance for developmentally appropriate teaching practices. The first section of the book presents the approved position statement of the IRA and NAEYC. The second section, "Readers and Writers in the Making," conveys the gist of the position statement with respect to instruction, using photographs in conjunction with a summary of effective teaching practices. This section is organized into eight major themes: (1) "The Power and Pleasure of Literacy"; (2) "The Literate Environment"; (3) "Language Development"; (4) "Building Knowledge and Comprehension"; (5) "Knowledge of Print"; (6) "Types of Text"; (7) "Phonological Awareness"; and (8) "Letters and Words." The third section of the book, "Ensuring Children's Reading and Writing Success," consists of three parts: (1) "Informing Instruction in Reading and Writing," considering assessment in this area; (2) "Making It Happen," outlining the policies and resources needed to support effective practice; and (3) "Frequently Asked Questions." A glossary, reference list, and list of resources for teachers conclude the book. (HTH)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.