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ERIC Number: EJ959764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
"Teacher, There's an Elephant in the Room!" An Inquiry Approach to Preschoolers' Early Language Learning
Kampmann, Jennifer Anne; Bowne, Mary Teresa
Young Children, v66 n5 p84-89 Sep 2011
Children need sound language and literacy skills to communicate with others and actively participate in a classroom learning community. When an early childhood classroom offers a language- and literacy-rich environment, children have numerous opportunities to practice language and literacy in a social setting. A language-rich classroom includes an inquiry-based environment and curriculum in which children are frequently exposed to and interact with high-quality literacy materials and activities that support their passions and learning. Effective early childhood settings are led by highly responsive teachers who encourage children to contribute to discussions and share ideas with each other. In this article, the authors discuss how they supported literacy and social development in their preschool during a yearlong study involving a stuffed elephant.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A