Literacy Beginnings by Gay Su Pinnell, Irene Fountas. A Prekindergarten Handbook - Heinemann Publishing
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Literacy Beginnings

A Prekindergarten Handbook

By Gay Su Pinnell, Irene Fountas

For prekindergarten children, language and play are the major tools for learning about the world, and they are also the most important tools for early literacy learning. The three- or four-year-old who takes a memo pad and marker around to family members “to take orders” for dinner, like all young children, makes no distinction between play and reading and writing. It all involves curiosity, learning, discovery, and excitement.

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For prekindergarten children, language and play are the major tools for learning about the world, and they are also the most important tools for early literacy learning. The three- or four-year-old who takes a memo pad and marker around to family members “to take orders” for dinner, like all young children, makes no distinction between play and reading and writing. It all involves curiosity, learning, discovery, and excitement.

Watch an overview webinar!

In their latest professional book, Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas show you how to tap into young children’s excitement to introduce them to the world of literacy in joyful, engaging ways. As with their Continuum of Literacy Learning for grades K–8, they provide detailed descriptions of language and literacy behaviors and understandings for teachers to notice, teach, and support, while offering practical strategies for the prekindergarten classroom. Full of resources like songs, rhymes, and finger plays, Literacy Beginnings also includes 35 ready-to-use lessons to introduce young children to reading and writing.

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Contents

Section One: Living and Learning in the Prekindergarten Classroom

Introduction: A Day in the Life of Two Prekindergarten Children
Chapter 1: Growing Up Literate: Prekindergartens for the Future Generation
Chapter 2: Building a Community of Learners
Chapter 3: Promoting Constructive Learning: Engaging Children in Inquiry
Chapter 4: An Organized, Engaging Environment for Learning
Chapter 5: Using a Framework for Language and Literacy Teaching

Section Two: Language: The Foundation for Learning

Introduction
Chapter 6: The Critical Role of Language in Learning: Using Language to Learn
Chapter 7: Developing Strong Oral Vocabularies in Prekindergarten
Chapter 8: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics: The Sounds of Language
Chapter 9: Supporting English Language Learners in the PrekindergartenClassroom

Section Three: Supporting Emergent Readers

Introduction
Chapter 10: Learning to Read: Three Critical Areas of Early Learning
Chapter 11: Using Interactive Read-Aloud to Support Emergent Readers
Chapter 12: Using Shared Reading to Support Emergent Readers
Chapter 13: Developing Early Reading Behaviors in Shared and Independent Reading
Chapter 14: Learning to Read: Understanding the Reading Process

Section Four: Supporting Emergent Writers

Introduction
Chapter 15: Learning to Write: Understanding Early Writing Behaviors
Chapter 16: Using Shared and Interactive Writing to Develop Emergent Writers
Chapter 17: Developing Early Writing Behaviors Through Teaching Interactions
Chapter 18: The Reading-Writing Connection

Section Five: Learning About Letters, Sounds, and Words

Introduction
Chapter 19: Learning About Letters and Words
Chapter 20: Names: A Powerful Resource for Literacy Learning
Chapter 21: Using Group Games to Increase Language and Print Awareness

Section Six: Assessment of Literacy Learning

Introduction
Chapter 22: Observing Reading Behaviors
Chapter 23: Observing Writing Behaviors
Chapter 24: Observing for Evidence of Sound, Letter, and Word Knowledge
Chapter 25: Systematic Assessment: An End-of-Prekindergarten Checkup

Section Seven: The Continuum of Literacy Learning, PreK

Introduction
Chapter 26: Using the Prekindergarten Continuum to Plan for and Assess Teaching
The Continuum of Literacy Learning, PreK

Appendices

A: Nursery Rhymes, Poetry, and Songs
B: Text Sets
C: Inquiry Projects: Colors, Shapes, All About Me, My Body, Moods and Feelings, Friends and Friendship, Pets, Community, Journeys, Food, Water, Animal Babies
D: Literacy and Language Lessons
READING
LESSON 1: Shared Reading
LESSON 2: Interactive Read-Aloud
LESSON 3: Recipes
LESSON 4: Story Sequencing
WRITING
LESSON 5: Interactive Writing
LESSON 6: Interactive Drawing
LESSON 7: Verbal Path
BOOKS
LESSON 8: Alphabet Book Making
LESSON 9: My Book
LESSON 10: Class Big Book: Songs and Poems
LESSON 11: Bookmaking
LESSON 12: Original Class Big Book
LESSON 13: Book Boxes
LETTERS, SOUNDS, AND WORDS
LESSON 14: Oral Games and Phonemes
LESSON 15: Picture Sort
LESSON 16: “Me” Boxes
LANGUAGE
LESSON 17: Text Innovations
LESSON 18: Storytelling
LESSON 19: Puppet Making
LESSON 20: Play Corner
LESSON 21: Recognizing Signs and Symbols
LESSON 22: Descriptive Words
LESSON 23: Alphabet Hunt
LESSON 24: Alphabet Nature Walk
LESSON 25: Alphabet Hide-and-Seek
LESSON 26: Alphabet Linking Chart
LESSON 27: Letter Exploration
LESSON 28: Letter Sort
LESSON 29: Making Letters Using Play Dough
NAMES
LESSON 30: Tissue Paper Names
LESSON 31: Name Chart
LESSON 32: Name Poems
LESSON 33: Name Puzzles
LESSON 34: Making Names Using Tactile Materials
INQUIRY
LESSON 35: Inquiry

E: Recommended Books for Preschool Children
F: Preschool Developmental Information Chart
G: Alphabet Linking Chart
H: Verbal Path
I: Ways to Sort and Match Letters
J: “My Book” Template
K: Icons for Choice Time
L: Letter Recognition Sheets
M: Initial Sounds Picture Cards
N: Rhyming Cards
O: Master List of Materials
P: Glossary of Terms
Q: Children’s Book References
R: Professional References

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