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ERIC Number: EJ1200519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
First Steps toward Literacy: What Effective Pre-K Instruction Looks Like
Neuman, Susan B.
American Educator, v42 n4 p9-11, 40 Win 2018-2019
The early years are times of wonder for children. Curious about everything, they seek to explore and understand their world. During these early years, they attempt to interpret their world and make meaning through pretend play, drawing, and conversations with those closest to them. Although these first steps toward literacy may not look much like what we consider literacy to be, children are actively trying to use and make sense of reading and writing long before they have mastered the technical skills associated with print. In this article, the author unpacks the building blocks to early literacy, including spaces for children to discover, communicate, and play. The author identifies supports teachers need, such as small class sizes, access to high-quality books, and comprehensive professional development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A