About the Authors
Introduction: Why Early Literacy?
Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Chapter 1. Children's Development and Literacy Learning
How Children Develop and Learn
Child Development: The Foundation for Literacy
Introducing Rebecca, Juan, Michael, and Annie
Foundations for Learning to Read
Supportive Classroom Environments
Chapter 2. Language Development and Diversity
Role of Oral Language in Literacy Development
What Does Research Say About How Children Acquire Language?
Benchmarks of Oral Language Development for Preschool Children
Assessing Oral Language Development
Research-Based Instructional Strategies Supporting Oral Language Development
Chapter 3. Phonological Awareness Development in Preschool Children
What Is Phonological Awareness and What Is Its Role in Literacy Development?
What does Research Say About How Children Acquire Phonological Awareness?
Indicators of Children's Development of Phonological Awareness
Assessing Phonological Awareness
Research-Based Instructional Strategies Supporting Phonological Awareness
Chapter 4. Alphabetic Principle
What Is the Alphabetic Principle and What is Its Role in Literacy Development?
What Does Research Tell Us About the Alphabetic Principle?
Assessing the Alphabetic Principle
Research-Based Instructional Strategies Supporting Understanding of the Alphabetic Principle
Chapter 5. Writing
How Are Reading and Writing Connected in Early Literacy Development?
What Does Research Say About Emergent Writing Development?
Research-Based Instructional Strategies to Support Emergent Writing
Chapter 6. Comprehension: Making Meaning
What Helps Children Comprehend?
Research-Based Instructional Strategies
Chapter 7. Sharing Books With Children
The Importance of Book Sharing for Children's Early Literacy Development
What Does Research Say About Storybook Reading With Children?
Selecting High-Quality Children's Literature
Developing Classroom Libraries
Research-Based Instructional Strategies for Sharing Books With Children
Chapter 8. Integrating Literacy Across the Curriculum
Planning an Integrated Unit
Chapter 9. Literacy in the Real World
Language and Literacy in Communities
Infusing Home and Community Literacy in the Classroom
Chapter 10. Helping Parents Facilitate Children's Literacy at Home
Why Parents Become Involved
Types of Parental Involvement
Why Parental Involvement?
Chapter 11. Bringing It All Together
Preschool Programs Make a Difference
The Interactional Environment
Assessing Your Literacy and Language Environment
Planning Whole and Half Day Programs
Children's Books Referenced
Additional Resources for Teachers