50 Early Childhood Literacy Strategies, 3rd Edition

Janice J. Beaty

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50 Early Childhood Literacy Strategies, 3rd Edition

By Janice J. Beaty
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Janice J. Beaty
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Pre-service and in-service teachers get practical, up-to-date strategies in an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand approach to teaching literacy to three-, four-, and five-year-old students


In this practical resource, teachers and student interns learn the best picture books and activities to use with children, how to use them effectively, and how to ensure that children best benefit from their use. They learn what to expect as young children’s writing emerges from scribbles, to pictures, to real words, and they understand emergent literacy as it appears in preschool children and evolves into conventional literacy as it is taught in elementary school. The unique approach presents the latest information on early literacy teaching strategies in 50 concise chapters divided into three sections: Children’s Speaking/Listening, Children’s Writing, and Children’s Reading, making specific topics easy to locate.


Janice J. Beaty (Elmira College, Emerita) is an Educational Consultant and author/coauthor of several books, among them Early Literacy in Preschool and Kindergarten: A Multicultural Perspective, 3rd Edition, Skills for Preschool Teachers, 9th Edition, and Observing Development of the Young Child, 7th Edition


Teachers and student interns get the latest information on early literacy in an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand format. The book’s unique approach presents 50 brief yet concise chapters, each featuring a practical strategy for teaching three-, four-, and five-year-olds to read.


Readers see clearly when, how, and with which students to use each strategy and get the background information they need to create additional strategies to reinforce each lesson. A brief introduction to each strategy sets the stage and discusses the literacy concept associated with the strategy.


Readers learn quickly which picture books and activities to use with children, how to use them effectively, and how to ensure that children benefit from their use. Materials, content, and activities found in most early childhood classrooms are covered: blocks, chalk, crayons, computers, puppets, and more.


Teachers see how to work effectively and successfully with dual language learners. The book includes the latest information on working with dual language learners and vocabulary development.


The book’s approach enables teachers the flexibility to select the strategies and activities most suited to their own teaching situations. Strategies are arranged in three parts for easy selection—Children’s Speaking/Listening, Children’s Writing, and Children’s Reading—and the activities have been selected as models to help teachers develop their own ideas.

Table of contents
  • List of Children’s Books
  • Part I  Children’s Speaking/Listening
  • 1      Emergent Literacy
  • 2      Speaking Words
  • 3      Listening with Intent
  • 4       Listening Center
  • 5      Talk-rich Environment
  • 6      Dramatic Play
  • 7      Dual Language Learners
  • 8      Phonological Awareness
  • 9      Chanting, Singing
  • 10    Vocabulary Development
  • 11   Book Read-Alouds
  • 12    Storytelling
  • 13    Story Drama
  • 14    Puppets
  • 15   Assessing Speaking Progress
  • Part II Children’s Writing
  • 16    Emergent Writing
  • 17    Writing Center
  • 18    Environmental Print
  • 19    Alphabet
  • 20    Names
  • 21   Taking Dictation
  • 22   Caption Pictures
  • 23    Easel Painting
  • 24    Finger Painting
  • 25    Chalk
  • 26    Shared Writing
  • 27   Dual Language Learners’ Writing
  • 28    Invented Spelling
  • 29    Journals, Literature Logs
  • 30    Messages
  • 31    Block Building
  • 32    Assessing Children’s Writing
  • Part III  Children’s Reading
  • 33    Emergent Reading
  • 34    Book Center 
  • 35    Visual Literacy
  • 36    Children Reading Independently
  • 37    Computer Books
  • 38    Shared Reading   
  • 39    Dual Language Readers
  • 40    Big Books
  • 41    Predictable Books
  • 42    Song Storybooks
  • 43    Book Characters
  • 44    Sound Words
  • 45    Syllables
  • 46    Kindergarten Reading
  • 47    Literacy Bags
  • 48    Webs   
  • 49    Assessing Reading Progress
  • 50    Words, Words, Words
  • Appendix A: Web Sites