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Say What? How a Preschooler's Verbal Ability Influences Literacy.

Just over a month ago, I wrote Why We Should Use Big Words with Little Kids.  I would strongly recommend reading that if you haven’t already.  Today is simply an extension of that post, connecting the concepts I wrote about … Continue reading

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Do You Hear That? Why Phonological Awareness is So Important for Preschoolers

Phonological Awareness is quite possibly my favorite early literacy  skill to discuss.  Partly because many people are already implementing it to some degree without recognizing it (remember: recognize, emphasize, maximize…), but also because many resources and studies suggest that it … Continue reading

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Words, Words, Words. Building Print Concepts with Preschoolers

Before a child can begin to put the sounds together to read about Sam and his green eggs, he must have mastered the concepts of print.  In large part, this means that he understands that letters can combine to make … Continue reading

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Next Time Won’t You Sing With Me? Sharing Alphabet Knowledge with Preschoolers

If you were to ask anyone on the street where you should start “teaching” children to read, I’d be willing to bet the most common answer would be “the alphabet”.  True, the alphabet is a pretty basic part of reading, … Continue reading

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Next Time Won't You Sing With Me? Sharing Alphabet Knowledge with Preschoolers

If you were to ask anyone on the street where you should start “teaching” children to read, I’d be willing to bet the most common answer would be “the alphabet”.  True, the alphabet is a pretty basic part of reading, … Continue reading

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Why Don’t You Teach Reading? A Look at Emergent Literacy

Many developmentally appropriate preschool teachers have been asked, “Why don’t you teach reading?”  The question is innocent.  But teachers often come away frustrated, as most of what they do is focused on building successful readers.  Often, outside observers are looking for reading … Continue reading

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Why Don’t You Teach Reading? A Look at Emergent Literacy

Many developmentally appropriate preschool teachers have been asked, “Why don’t you teach reading?”  The question is innocent.  But teachers often come away frustrated, as most of what they do is focused on building successful readers.  Often, outside observers are looking for reading … Continue reading

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How to Improve Your Read-Alouds with Young Children

  It’s hard to disagree with the evidence that reading aloud to young children yields great benefits throughout life.  And that’s just the factors that are easily tested – language skills, reading readiness, comprehension, and so on.  Add to that … Continue reading

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