Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation has been accepted
as one of the best ways to assess a classroom's readiness for literacy
experiences. It is for sale from Brookes. This website tells about
Child Care Exchange
Contains a variety of information pertaining
to early childhood. You can subscribe to a daily email that gives
a quote and a short quip of information or encouragement.
Includes more than pre-k. Take care
to note the age reference. On the menu on the left on the home page,
click on professional development. The links to research provide a great
resource as well as the books for reading aloud (Prekindergarten).
On the same menu on the left on the home page, click on Blueprints
for Early Literacy. Go to photos in the classroom.
listing of ways to reach Hispanic students and families.
This website gives an overview of literacy content of the Creative
Do 2 Learn
support for adaptations particularly for children with special needs.
Boardmaker style picture cards are downloadable!
ECERS Star-rated license
regularly with clarifying information as to the interpretations of the assessors.
section on the menu at the top right of the home page. There is no
charge, but you are asked to become a member for free, which means
you will be on their mailing list. A variety of resrouces such as picture-word
labels, literacy activities for themes, and resource information for
teachers and parents.
Learning Standards for North Carolina Preschoolers
Download your own copy of Foundations at no charge!
Head Start Information
and Publication Center http://184.108.40.206/English_lang_
Offers a quick overview of language (both first and second)
acquisition. It is a quick way to get reminders help for working
with ELL children.
Offers free access to children's
books in 63 languages. It's a great way to provide books
in children's home language.
NAEYC and IRA Joint
on Reading and Writing
Official statement of the National Association of the Educators
of Young Children and the International Reading Association on appropriate
practices in the classroom for preschoolers in literacy areas. It is
a good reminder for teachers, administrators and parents.
Center for Learning Disabilities
Designed for preschoolers. Often there will be information
specifically for children with special needs or English Language Learners.
They also provide downloadable directions for literacy activities.
Institute for Literacy http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/publications.html
Excellent downloadable publications for early
childhood educators and parents. Especially notable are "A Child Becomes
a Reader" and the Spanish companion piece "La Lectura es lo Primero."
Child Left Behind http://www.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/hyc.html
Number of publications that are related to our preschool
children. Helping Your Preschool
Child, which is the fourth publication
listed on the page, is excellent! Download it for free. Click the
Spanish option to have it available in Spanish for families too.
Partnerships for Inclusion
Information about training
an effective early childhood consultation model. Description of the
training, dates, and costs can be found here.
Learners- Early Literacy http://www.edgateway.net/pub/docs/pel/early.htm
This website gives
activities for specific books that support social and emotional development
as well as literacy.