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ERIC Number: EJ1112137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Language-Rich Early Childhood Classroom: Simple but Powerful Beginnings
Flynn, Erin Elizabeth
Reading Teacher, v70 n2 p159-166 Sep-Oct 2016
This article highlights research exploring the benefits of small-group storytelling as a way to promote rich language in early childhood classrooms. Using the storytelling of children from a preschool classroom serving lower SES children, the author explores the collaborative affordances of story circles. Results show that small-group storytelling engages children in ways of using language associated with literacy learning. When storytelling, children use language in extended, multiclause turns, relaying what happened in another context. Story requires children to communicate what happened as well as the interpersonal significance of events. Small-group storytelling also gives children a chance to practice diverse genres of story and variations in forms of meaning making. The aim of the article is to help teachers appreciate the powerful uses of language present even in children's seemingly simple stories.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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