ERIC Number: ED477974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
The Montana Early Literacy Project Manual.
Ashmore, Rhea; Bunce, Mary; Hogenson, Debra; Jakupcak, Jo; Jepson, Stacia; Meeks, Elaine; Neilsen, Shannon Guilfoyle; Otten, Marcy; Paulson, Lucy Hart; Scoles, Gail; Thompson, Amanda; van den Pol, Rick
This manual describes the Montana Early Literacy Project, its model and components, and its replication in a variety of early childhood settings: special and general education preschools; Head Start classrooms; and specialized childcare centers. Using five components, the model demonstrates how to develop literacy and language skills in young children with and without disabilities. Component One identifies developmentally appropriate thematic units, interventions, and activities that embed literacy and language throughout children's existing routines during the school day. Component Two provides a method to identify early literacy and language needs of individual students and to write Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives that meet those needs. Component Three provides strategies to foster family participation in literacy and language activities, both at home and at school. Component Four addresses means of providing inclusive, respectful, and culturally sensitive literacy services that celebrate individual differences of children and their families. It also focuses on the understanding and appreciation of the cultural practices, beliefs, and traditions of Native Americans in Montana. Component Five provides teachers, support staff, and families with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the model. The manual also provides strategies for emerging literacy and language development. Features at the end of the manual include a variety of appendices, references, and resources. (Author)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Cultural Awareness, Demonstration Programs, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Economic Factors, Emergent Literacy, Family Programs, Inclusive Schools, Language Acquisition, Models, Partnerships in Education, Poverty, Special Education, Staff Development
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Montana Univ., Missoula. Div. of Educational Research and Services.
Identifiers - Location: Montana