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Ready for Kindergarten Book Study: Counting and Number Recognition

Parents, teachers and caregivers of young children, I am recommending a new book for you to add to your library!  Ready for Kindergarten!: From Recognizing Colors to Making Friends, Your Essential Guide to Kindergarten Prep by Deborah J. Stewart, MEd is the perfect resource for those wanting practical insight into preparing children for success in kindergarten.  Deborah shares information about things children should know and how
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Are television and audio hurting or helping literacy?

We are continuing with the summer book study of  “The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition” by Jim Trelease with a review of Chapter 8: Television and Audio: Hurting or Helping Literacy? Television Talking about how much TV children watch can be a hot topic.  And with the introduction of more and more “screens” in our lives (computers, electronic games, iPads, etc.) – monitoring a child’s screen-time can become a
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Summer book study | Chapter 2 reflections

I am thoroughly enjoying the summer book study of  “The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition” by Jim Trelease.  It hits me as both a parent and a teacher.  I can relate to some of the questions that parents ask of Mr. Trelease about reading aloud to children … AND it reaffirms that all the reading aloud that I have done in the classroom and with Book
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The Summer Book Study Guide | The Read-Aloud Handbook

The summer book study of “The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition” by Jim Trelease, is underway!  To learn about how the book study works, view our earlier post. Use the guide below to find the Chapter Reviews and special author Q&A posts. The Book Study Chapter Review Guide Chapter 1: Why Read Aloud? – Brick by Brick Chapter 2: When to Begin (and End) Read-Aloud –
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Join the summer book study of The Read-Aloud Handbook

We are again looking forward to participating in a summer book study, hosted by Vanessa at Pre-K Pages! Our book for this summer’s study is “The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition” by Jim Trelease, which will provide teachers, parents and caregivers with insights on the value of reading aloud, tips on ways to read aloud, and (YAY!) a list of great read aloud books! The
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Literacy Beginnings – Chapter 22: Observing reading behaviors in preschool

We are nearing the end of our book study of “Literacy Beginnings” (Fountas & Pinnell). I have enjoyed all the ideas that I’ve gathered from the book and other bloggers in the Blog Party. We are now at the part of the book that talks about how to assess literacy learning in preschoolers. Now maybe that doesn’t sound as exciting as some of the
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Literacy Beginnings – Chapter 25: An end-of-prekindergarten checkup

We are wrapping up our review of how to assess literacy learning in young children as part of the Book Study Blog Party review of the book “Literacy Beginnings” (Fountas & Pinnell). Today’s post is on chapter 25, which provides four simple systematic assessments you can use at the end of prekindergarten to help you record the growth of your students, and provide information
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Literacy Beginnings – Chapter 24: Observing for sound, letter and word knowledge

We continue on with talking about how to assess literacy learning in young children as part of the Book Study Blog Party review of the book “Literacy Beginnings” (Fountas & Pinnell). In chapter 22 we talked about ways teachers can observe reading behaviors. Chapter 23 discusses ways teachers can observe writing behaviors by watching children in shared, interactive and independent writing activities. We are
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Literacy Beginnings – Chapter 23: Observing writing behaviors in preschool

As we continue to review “Literacy Beginnings” (Fountas & Pinnell) as part of the Book Study Blog Party – we will now look at ways to assess writing behaviors in young children. Similar to observing reading behaviors, teachers can observe writing behaviors by watching children in shared, interactive and independent writing activities. Shared/Interactive Writing Shared and interactive writing is when teachers and children write
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The book study blog party has begun!

We are participating in a “Book Study Blog Party” organized by Vanessa at Pre-K Pages. Several early childhood bloggers (including us) will be discussing chapters of the book “Literacy Beginnings” by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas. I read the first 4 chapters today and took some notes. Here are some of my thoughts on the first 2 chapters. Chapter 1: “Growing up
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