Tag Archives: Early Childhood Education

Phonics and Reading

Words Their Way

Word Study  for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction
51k21yg1ypl-_sx359_bo1204203200_By Donald R. Bear
Call Number: PE1117 .Z5 B41 2004
View in IvyCat

A core text or supplement for phonics and reading methods courses. Words Their Way, Third Edition is designed to help teachers address the needs of all readers and spellers, by setting out a clear way to accommodate each student’s developmental level, then providing the best methods for teaching to that level. In support of this philosophy, the authors provide more than 250 ready-to-use activities for teaching word study, spelling, vocabulary, and phonics.

Phonics They Use

Words for Reading and Writing
51ocryogo9l-_sx408_bo1204203200_By Patricia M. Cunningham
Call Number: LB1573.3 .C86 2005
View in IvyCat

This bestseller is packed with new activities and strategies for teaching reading. It weaves together the complex and varied strategic approaches needed to help students develop reading and spelling skills.

Creating Strategic Readers

Techniques for Developing Competency in Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension
51zoe-5w8ul-_sx382_bo1204203200_By Valerie Ellery
Call Number: LB1050 .E42 2005
View in IvyCat

To develop lifelong readers, it is vital for teachers to also show students how to apply these reading skills strategically to acquire meaning from text. This book is a comprehensive resource you can use to better equip yourself in the craft of teaching reading. Author Valerie Ellery first lays the groundwork for a comprehensive literacy classroom, detailing appropriate curriculum, assessment, and instruction. She then focuses on the five essential components of reading instruction—phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension—to align instruction with current standards.

Guided Reading: Making It Work

51zyx42b2b4l-_sy450_By Mary Browning Schulman and Carleen daCruz Payne
Call Number: LB1525 .S37 2000
View in IvyCat

Guided reading is wonderful in theory, but how do you manage it? In this practical resource, two veteran teachers provide a step-by-step guide to guided reading, sharing their lesson plans, management strategies, and assessment tools. They show you how to manage flexible groups, match books to student needs, incorporate phonics, and use assessment to inform instruction. Transcripts of guiding reading sessions and lots of teacher prompts show exactly how guided reading can work for you. Also included is a list of over 650 book titles leveled by reading stage and by Reading Recovery levels. For use with Grades K-3.

Literacy for the 21st Century

51vxbojxqgl-_sx400_bo1204203200_By Gail E. Tompkins
Call Number: LB1576 .T657 2006
View in IvyCat

Literacy for the 21st Century is the number #1 reading text preferred by teacher educators, future teachers, and in-service teachers. It continues to offer the most balanced approach to literacy instruction on the market today, while providing the clearest look into successful literacy teaching. The new 4th Edition has been thoroughly revised to address the realities of today’s classroom and to provide invaluable practical resources instructors will want their students to keep for use in their own classroom.

Children’s Literature in the Elementary School

51g2vawqcyl-_sx366_bo1204203200_By Charlotte S. Huck
Call Number: LB1575.5.U5 H79 2001
View in IvyCat

This text shows readers how children’s literature can capture the attention of K-8 students and foster a lifelong love of reading. The text covers learning about children’s literature, understanding children’s responses to literature, the history of children’s literature, all the genres (beginning books, picture storybooks, traditional literature, fantasy, poetry, realistic fiction, historical fiction, biography, and informational books), planning the literature program, and extending and evaluating children’s understandings of literature.

New Children’s Books for July

The Hugely-Wugely Spider

By Ethan T. Berlin
Call Number: PIC BER
View in IvyCat

We’ve all heard of the Itsy-Bitsy Spider right? But have you heard of the the Hugely-Wugely Spider? He’s just like Itsy-Bitsy except he’s a little—no—a lot bigger.

The Hugely-Wugely Spider went up the water spout, well not really, because he wasn’t invited by the other spiders. And maybe because his size was bit of an issue . . . But that didn’t stop him from trying. The Itsy-Bitsy Spider and his friends get into a bind when down comes the rain and threatens to wash them out, and only the Hugely-Wugely Spider can save them. With his quick thinking and huge thorax, Hugely-Wugely clogs the drain and saves the day.

Frog and Beaver

By Simon James
Call Number: PIC JAM
View in IvyCat

A charming ecological fable of community and friendship from award-winning author-illustrator Simon James. Frog and his friends all live happily together on the river. At least they do until Beaver comes along. Beaver is determined to build the biggest and best dam that anyone has ever seen, but it’s so big that it stops all the water and Frog and his friends are forced to move. Frog tries to warn Beaver that his dam is too big, but busy Beaver just won’t listen.

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs

By Kate Messner
Call Number: QH75 .M44 2018
View in IvyCat

All it takes is one: one coral gamete to start a colony, one person to make a difference, one idea to change the world. The ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world’s coral reefs—with hammer and glue, and grafts of newly grown coral—are the living legacy of Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation. Kate Messner and Matthew Forsythe tell the true story of the coral restoration pioneer in this brilliant tribute to the wonders of nature and the power of human hope.

A House That Once Was

By Julie Fogliano
Call Number: PIC FOG
View in IvyCat

The dynamic duo of Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning author Julie Fogliano and Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Lane Smith team up to tell a delightful story about a boy and a girl who explore an abandoned house. Who lived in that house? Who walked down its hallways? Why did they leave it, and where did they go? They set off to find the answers, piecing together clues found, books left behind, forgotten photos, discarded toys, and creating their own vision of those who came before.

You’re Safe with Me

By Chitra Soundar and Poonam Mistry
Call Number: PIC SOU
View in IvyCat

When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them, “You’re safe with me.”

New Children’s Books for June

 

Honey

By David Ezra Stein
Call Number: PIC STE
View in IvyCat

Bear is ravenous when he wakes up from his winter sleep and has one thing on his mind: honey! Alas, it is too soon for honey, so Bear tries hard to be patient. The world around him is waking up, too, and he soon remembers all the other things he loves, like warm grass, berries, and rain. He’s almost content, until, one day, he hears a welcome buzzing sound . . . and finally it is time for Bear to delight in the thing he relishes above all others–and it is as warm, golden, sweet, and good as he remembered.

The Best Mother

By C.M. Surrisi, illustrated by Diane Goode
Call Number: PIC SUR
View in IvyCat

When Maxine wakes up on the wrong side of the bed one morning, she wonders if the problem might be her mother. What if she could try out a new mom who doesn’t make her brush her teeth or comb her hair? Enlisting Mom to help her with the search, Maxine interviews various prospects to be her new mother at the park, the toy store, and the zoo. Unfortunately, these other mothers present a host of new problems and concerns. Maybe her “old mother” was the best mother of all? For every child who’s ever wondered if the grass is greener, The Best Mother affirms that there’s nothing better than your own mother’s love.

All That Trash

By Meghan McCarthy
Call Number: TD792 .M36 2018
View in IvyCat

Lowell Harrelson wanted to turn trash into methane gas so he rented a barge called Mobro 4000. His plan was to ship the garbage from New York to North Carolina, but as the barge floated down the coast, no state would let him dock because of smelly waste on board! The barge became a mockery and the butt of many jokes in the media. What started as an attempted business venture turned into quite the predicament for Mr. Harrelson. Mobro 4000 roamed the seas for forty-five days and traveled a distance of 6,000 miles. While awaiting its fate, the trash floated in New York’s harbor, garnering much attention by onlookers. Green Peace activists put up a large banner across the barge that read, “NEXT TIME…TRY RECYCLING.”

What’s Cooking, Moo Moo?

By Tim Miller
Call Number: PIC MIL
View in IvyCat

Moo Moo serves up another half-baked scheme—and loyal Mr. Quackers goes along for the ride! Yes, for real! The hilarious cow-and-duck duo are opening their own five-star restaurant. You’ll want to see what udderly ridiculous antics they get up to in their new adventure.

The Other Ducks

By Ellen Yeomans, illustrated by Chris Sheban
Call Number: PIC YEO
View in IvyCat

This Duck and That Duck were the best of friends. They did everything together but sometimes two ducks just isn’t enough. When This Duck declares that he wishes there were Other Ducks around so they could waddle in a line (a very ducky thing to do), That Duck is quite confused. That is until This Duck and That Duck go swimming, look down, and finally meet The Other Ducks.

Unfortunately, The Other Ducks never seem to come out of the water! Oh how This Duck and That Duck wish The Other Ducks would waddle outside the big puddle with them. But it’s getting colder and their feathers are starting to itch for warmer weather. Will these best friends ever find their companions?

More Award Winners!

Hello, Universe

y6482018 Newbery Medal Winner
By Erin Entrada Kelly
Call Number: jFIC KEL
View in IvyCat

In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball. They aren’t friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

51cbu6hg1hl-_sx387_bo1204203200_2018 Caldecott Honor Book
By Derrick Barnes
Call Number: PIC BAR
View in IvyCat

The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices. A fresh cut makes boys fly.

New Children’s Books for May

Don’t Blink!

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Illustrated by David Roberts
Call Number: PIC ROS
View in IvyCat

Here’s how it works: if you can avoid getting to the end of this book, you can avoid bedtime, simple as that. (It’s a pretty sweet deal, actually.) But each time you blink, you have to turn a page. Those are just the rules. So whatever you do, DON’T BLINK!

From New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Amy Krouse Rosenthal and David Roberts comes a playful, super-duper interactive bedtime story, narrated by a cheeky stuffed owl. Kids love a challenge, and you can bet they’ll do their darndest to rise to the one set out in Don’t Blink!…especially when bedtime is on the line!

Teddy’s Favorite Toy

By Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Madeline Valentine
Call Number: PIC TRI
View in IvyCat

Teddy has a lot of cool toys. But his very favorite doll has the best manners, the sickest fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style. Then one morning, something truly awful happens. And there’s only one woman fierce enough to save the day. Can Teddy’s mom reunite Teddy with his favorite toy?

The Boo-Boos that Changed the World

By Barry Wittenstein, Illustrated by Chris Hsu
Call Number: RD113 .W58 2018
View in IvyCat

Did you know Band-Aids were invented by accident?! And that they weren’t mass-produced until the Boy Scouts gave their seal of approval? 1920s cotton buyer Earle Dickson worked for Johnson & Johnson and had a klutzy wife who often cut herself. The son of a doctor, Earle set out to create an easier way for her to bandage her injuries. Band-Aids were born, but Earle’s bosses at the pharmaceutical giant weren’t convinced, and it wasn’t until the Boy Scouts of America tested Earle’s prototype that this ubiquitous household staple was made available to the public. Soon Band-Aids were selling like hotcakes, and the rest is boo-boo history.

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad

By Peggy Archer & Anne Wilsdorf
Call Number: PIC ARC
View in IvyCat

It’s hard to be a tiny toad minding your own business on a twig. First a bird pecks at him. . . . Then a bee buzzes. . . . Then a dog barks . . . and so on. And each time the toad is surprised by a buzz or a woof (or the toe of a sneaker!), he hops to a new location farther down the road. With fun sounds, clever rhymes, and an irresistible rhythm, this is the perfect story for sharing one-on-one or in a group.

A Round of Robins

By Katie Hesterman, Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Call Number: PIC HES
View in IvyCat

Mama’s a skillful architect, constructing a sturdy nest, while Dad’s a champion turf defender. And those hatchlings! Such fluffs of plump perfection! Katie Hesterman’s vibrant verse celebrates this awesome circle of bird life, as we follow a pair of robin parents from nest-building and egg-laying, to raising their hungry hatchlings, and finally sending off their flying fledglings. Sergio Ruzzier’s brilliant, candy-colored art pays tribute to all these stages of a robin’s life cycle, reminding us that while robins may be common, they are also extraordinary!

Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must be More to Life

By Maurice Sendak
Call Number: PIC SEN
View in IvyCat

The adventures of Jennie, a dog who runs away from home to see what else there is to life.

Communication and Phonics

Early Communication Skills

51fprnikxwl-_sx351_bo1204203200_By Charlotte Lynch and Julia Kidd
Call Number: LB1140.5.L3 L96 2016
View in IvyCat

Early Communication Skills has been a popular and widely used publication since becoming available in 1991. Now in its third edition, the resource retains its original approach to communication, providing a source of fresh educational and therapeutic ideas for pre-school children. This accessible resource contains ideas for a six-session programe that could be delivered in support and training, and is ideal for educators and parents as well as Speech and Language Therapists working with Early Years.

Phonological Awareness: From Research to Practice

largeBy Gail T. Gillon
Call Number: LB1573.3 .G48 2018
View in IvyCat

Translating cutting-edge research into practical recommendations for assessment and instruction, this book has helped thousands of readers understand the key role of phonological awareness in the development of reading, writing, and spelling. It clearly shows how children’s knowledge about the sound structure of spoken language contributes to literacy acquisition. Evidence-based strategies are described for enhancing all learners’ phonological awareness and effectively supporting those who are struggling (ages 3-17). The book discusses ways to tailor instruction and intervention for a broad range of students, including English language learners (ELLs) and those with reading or language disorders. Subject Areas/Key Words: phonological awareness, phonological skills, phonemic awareness, phonemes, phonology, phonics, spoken language impairments, oral language, written language, reading development, early literacy development, oracy, speaking, teaching, assessments, interventions, instructional approaches, speech-language pathologists, speech-language pathology, special education, struggling learners, speech problems, speech disorders, learning disabilities, learning disorders, specific language impairments, dyslexia, reading disorders, spelling development, English language learners, at-risk students, speech-language therapists, early childhood education, preschoolers; English as a second language; second-language acquisition; learning multiple languages; metalinguistics; sounds.

Teaching Children

Differentiated Instruction Made Practical

9780815370819By Rhonda Bondie and Akane Zusho
Call Number: LB1031 .B67 2018
View in IvyCat

Need to decide when, why, and how to differentiate instruction in the classroom? Differentiated Instruction Made Practical introduces teachers to All Learners Learning Every Day (ALL-ED), an easy-to-use framework that enables tailored instruction for every learner. These unique, self-regulated learning routines were developed by an experienced K-12 teacher and researcher in collaboration with an educational psychology scholar. Filled with useful classroom examples, evaluation procedures, self-reflection activities, and relevant background information, this essential guide will help classroom teachers think on their feet and promote success for all students-not just the middle of the pack.

Teaching Young Children in Multicultural Classrooms

productresizehandlerBy Wilma Robles de Meléndez and Vesna Beck
Call Number: LC1099.3 .D4 2019
View in IvyCat

This in-depth exploration discusses the need for addressing diversity and multicultural realities in the classroom. It prepares you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and strategies to create a developmentally appropriate, respectful, and culturally responsive classroom and teaching environment. You’ll find practical information, ideas, and strategies that you can apply to classroom practice for young children. There are guidelines on how to create relationships between the school, community, and family as essential partners that influence a child’s success. Questions about how to deal with a bilingual child, a child with exceptionalities, and non-traditional parents are also addressed. Finally, you’ll learn the benefits of teaching multiculturalism from a global perspective.