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Reading Strategies for Emergent Readers: Pre-Reading

February 4th, 2013

By Jacquie McGregor The implementation of Common Core State Standards calls for teachers and students to approach English Language Arts, including reading, differently than we have in the past. The core of CCSS philosophy is that reading should be a higher-level thinking …

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Grounding Experiences in Language: Expanding a Child’s World

January 23rd, 2012

Children’s language development is dependent upon exploration and their growing ability to understanding the world they inhabit. It is when children learn to listen, question, and to formulate and test their own assumptions that learning occurs. By actively engaging with new experiences, …

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Learning To Listen

January 17th, 2012

Somewhere along the line, literacy has become reduced to how well a child performs on a standardized reading test. However, literacy is more than learning how to decode words on a page, it’s also about how a child acquires and uses information, …

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Red Flag Behaviors and Social/Emotional Development

January 10th, 2012

It is in the early childhood classroom where children begin to learn to work cooperatively with other children and adults, assume various social roles, and to deal with their full range of emotions and how to express these feelings in age-appropriate ways. …

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What Does Literacy Look Like In Early Childhood?

December 19th, 2011

Literacy is something that begins to happen long before a child enters a formal early childhood setting. However, as the academic testing movement reaches further and further down the grades, literacy is often reduced to the components of reading and writing. The …

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The Home-School Connection

January 5th, 2011

A young child’s entry into an early childhood program, whether it is for a few hours or for the entire day, signifies their first significant transition to a more formal setting then their home environment. As educators, we talk a great deal …

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