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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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Improving literacy through sign language

I’m Colleen Brunetti, and I’m pretty excited to join you all here on the SEEDS Blog! Before I dive into my topic, for today, I wanted to take just a minute to further introduce myself. Perhaps you’ve read my bio – primarily the list of professional pursuits and passions I find myself chasing. But to know how I got here, I have to look back there, way back, to
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Using visual timers in preschool

We have used audio timers in our preschool classroom for years. The timer will buzz when it’s time to clean up toys or when snack time is over. The timer has been used to help children in sharing toys – if a child wants to play with a toy that another child has, teachers will set the timer and when it goes off, it’s
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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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Introducing our Early Literacy Expert!

We are glad to introduce a new member to our expert panel – Colleen Brunetti … our Early Literacy (and Signing) Expert! Our experts will provide guest blog posts on specific topics, and help to answer questions that are submitted to us by our readers. Colleen Brunetti is a Masters level educator with a heart for kids who need that special boost. She holds
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Book study – language and literacy teaching

We are continuing to read “Literacy Beginnings” (Fountas & Pinnell) as part of the Book Study Blog Party. Chapter 5 is titled “Using a Framework for Language and Literacy Learning. The chapter starts off talking about essential learning experiences that need to be included in a prekindergarten classroom (some activities occur daily – others over the course of a week). Activities such as circle
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Preschoolers need a quiet space, too

In an earlier post, I shared some information from the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership© (ECCP) about the need and benefits of creating a quiet space for infants and toddlers in a child care setting. Now I’d like to share some additional information from ECCP on ways to incorporate a quiet space in a preschool classroom. Preschoolers may need quiet time for themselves at different points of
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Get ready for a book study blog party!

We just started our blog – and we’re already having a party! I am excited to be able to participate in a “Book Study Blog Party” organized by Pre-K Pages (click the link for all the details). Several great early childhood bloggers will be discussing chapters of the book “Literacy Beginnings” by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene C. Fountas. I am particularly excited about
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