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Helping Young Children Learn Language and Literacy: Birth Through Kindergarten (2nd Edition) Paperback – March 10, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0205532674 ISBN-10: 0205532675 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 2 edition (March 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205532675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205532674
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The unique focus of this second edition of Helping Young Children Learn Language and Literacy: Birth through Kindergarten integrates constructivist learning, diversity, and instruction-based assessment, and helps translate principles into practice for emergent literacy teachers.

 

 

Why Reviewers Can’t Put This Book Down:

 

“This text provides far more examples of real children’s language and literacy acquisition than other texts do.  It grounds theory in practice, and its strong emphasis on using children’s literature to support language and literacy acquisition make it a valuable resource for instructors and students alike.”

–Jennifer Geringer, University of Northern Colorado

 

“The philosophical base for this book is absolutely right on target. Constructivism, respect for diversity, and instruction-based assessment are essential for any effective Early Childhood program.  The authors did an excellent job keeping these threads throughout the book.”

–Mary Medo, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee

 

“I love the organization of the text!  It will be a great help for students who may not be motivated to read because of the vignettes, questions, and term definitions at the start of the chapters and the summaries at the end.  This is SQ4R in action!  This is also a good model for the students as future teachers.”

–Diane S. Maletta, Purdue University North Central

 

 

Unlike any other book on the market for ages birth—kindergarten, Helping Young Children Learn Language and Literacy blends a constructivist/emergent literacy perspective with science-based instructional practices that have proven successful in supporting young children’s reading, writing, and speaking development. Renowned and respected authors Vukelich, Christie, and Enz describe a continuum of approaches to reading instruction, ranging from emergent literacy to scientifically based reading research. They advocate a combination of meaningful engagements with print and age-appropriate instruction on core literacy skills.  There is also extensive coverage of working with children from diverse backgrounds, family literacy, and assessment strategies that can be used to inform instruction.

 

 

What’s NEW TO THIS EDITION?

  • New chapters cover the national literacy policies and initiatives, and science-based reading research.
  • Increased attention to standardized tests, while maintaining strong emphasis on classroom-based, ongoing assessments with new strategies.
  • Bold new activities, such as “Linking Knowledge to Practice,” help students connect theory to practices they observe in preschool and kindergarten classrooms.

About the Author

Carol Vukelich is Hammonds Professor and Director, Delaware Center for Teacher Education.

James Christie is Professor of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University.

Billie Enz is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Arizona State University.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Mason on September 11, 2007
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I am currently taking an emergent reading class from one of the authors of this book. It is very easy to read and understand. The book is full of valuable information that all parents and teachers of pre-k should read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes on October 17, 2013
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This book has a lot of important information about teaching early literacy to children. It's very detailed and easy to read, plus it keeps you engage as you go through each chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theresa r. on July 30, 2013
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I ordered this book for a class that I am taking. It's a good textbook with appropriate content. I did not, however, care for the print/paper in the book; I found it to be very difficult to read. It didn't help that all of the pictures and illustrations were also in black and white. This was a big disappointment to me since they had used such a great photo on the cover. If you're looking for a book about Language Arts/ECE I would suggest Early Childhood Experiences In Language Arts by Jeanne M. Machado, 7th ed. as an alternative.

Terri R.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Lynn on May 19, 2013
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This book is horrible if you are trying to use it for any type of scholarly type of application. This was the required text for a Cognitive and Language Development class I took at college which resulted in so much frustration!
There is NO glossary.
There is NO index.
There are several key words and concepts that the book gives no explaination of. (Example, there is zero definition of what they mean by 'scaffolding' as a tool to help children. It is just assumed that you know how to do that.)
There is an entire chapter that the professor thought too awful to even use as the basis for our class discussion so we disregarded it and had to 'wing it' essentially by pulling resources from other places since this text was so lacking.
That being said, there is a lot of good information in several of the chapters. But sadly due to the lack of glossary/index it is nearly impossible to find again.
Also, this book is 100% in greyscale. No color at all...just an FYI!
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By Jasmin on July 24, 2014
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Did not state the book has water damage. I would have not bought book if I new this.
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By Shirley S. on December 9, 2014
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It arrived on time and as described. Thanks
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