Already Ready Nurturing Writers in Preschool and Kindergarten

ISBN-10: 0325010730

ISBN-13: 9780325010731

Edition: 2008

Authors: Katie Wood Ray, Matt Glover, Lilian G. Katz

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s From the very first chapter of this informative and inspiring book, a clear picture emerges of how even three- and four-year-olds' capacities for serious authorship can and should be supported. - Lillian G. Katz Coauthor of Young Investigators: The Project Approach in the Early Years s By the time they reach preschool or kindergarten, young children are already writers. They don't have much experience, but they're filled with stories to tell and ideas to express - they want to show the world what they know and see. All they need is a nurturing teacher like you to recognize the writer at work within them. All you need to help them is Already Ready. s Taking an exciting, new approach to working with our youngest students, Already Ready shows you how, by respecting children as writers, engaged in bookmaking, you can gently snudge them toward a lifetime of joyful writing. Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover guide you through fundamental concepts of early writing. Providing numerous, helpful examples of early writing - complete with transcriptions - they demonstrate how to: make sense of children's writing and interpret how they represent sounds, ideas, and images see important developmental signs in writers that you can use to help them grow further recognize the thinking young children engage in and discover that it's the same sthinking more experienced writers use to craft purposeful, thoughtful pieces. s Then Ray and Glover show you how little ones can develop powerful understandings about: texts and their characteristics the writing process what it means to be a writer. You'll learn how to support your writers' quest to make meaning, as they grow their abilities and refine their thinking about writing through teaching strategies such as: reading aloud working side by side with writers sharing children's writing. s Writing is just one part of a busy early childhood classroom, but even in little doses, a nurturing approach can work wonders and help children connect the natural writer inside them to a life of expressing themselves on paper. Find that approach, share it with your students, and you'll discover that you don't have to get students ready to write - they're Already Ready.s
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List price: $33.75
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 1/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Katie Wood Ray is the author of the Heinemann titles Already Ready (2008), Study Driven (2007), About the Authors (2004) and its DVD companion The Teaching Behind ABOUT THE AUTHORS (2005), and What You Know by Heart (2002).A former Associate Professor at Western Carolina University Katie is now a full time writer and researcher of the teaching of writing. With a particular focus on the study of writing craft, she leads teacher workshops and summer institutes across the nation related to the teaching of writing. Her professional background includes both elementary and middle school teaching experience and two years as a staff developer at The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University. She was also the coeditor of the journal Primary Voices K - 6, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. Katie is also the author or coauthor of Spelling in Use: Looking Closely at Spelling in the Whole Language Classrooms (1996, NCTE), Wondrous W

Matt Glover is the author or coauthor of the Heinemann titles Engaging Young Writers, Preschool - Grade 1 and Already Ready (with Katie Wood Ray). An early childhood educator and presenter, he is the principal of Creekside Early Childhood School, a school that serves preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students in the Lakota, Ohio, school district. As a teacher and principal his interests have focused on nurturing the intellectual growth of children. Matt lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and four children.

Building Understanding About Young Writers
What It Means to Be A Writer
Composition and the Importance of Making of Picture Books
Rethinking the Meaning of Writing Development
Understanding Dimensions of Composition Development
The Child's Image of Self as Writer: Managing the Balance of Initiation and Demonstration
Teaching Practices That Nurtures Young Writers
Understanding the Teaching Context
Supporting Young Writers Through Read-Aloud
Understanding Side-by-Side Teaching
Building a Repertoire of Responsive Actions for Side-by-Side Teaching
Supporting Young Writers with Share TIme
Lakota Early Childhood Center News
Composition Dimensions
Works Cited
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