Friday, September 16, 2011

Lessons for Literacy - Promoting Preschool Success: A Book Review

About The Book:

Give preschoolers a strong educational foundation for kindergarten and beyond.Lessons for Literacy is a comprehensive program with successful strategies to help children develop important early literacy skills such as vocabulary usage, rhyming, and letter recognition. Included is an overview of early literacy, pre-assessment checklists and tools to document progress, classroom essentials to help you identify and shape children's basic skills, information on using music for literacy development, strategies for working with families, twenty-eight lesson activities, and blackline masters.

About The Authors:

Harlan S. Hansen, PhD, is a professor emeritus of early childhood education and elementary school classroom management and discipline at the University of Minnesota

Ruth M. Hansen, PhD, was the director of curriculum and staff development for the St. Louis Park School District in Minnesota. Harlan and Ruth, both former preschool teachers, are board members of the Naples Alliance for Children in Naples, Florida, consultants for Head Start programs, and presenters at workshops on early childhood around the country.

My Review:

I am so excited to share with you, my readers, about another fantastic resource for working with the youngest of learners, preschoolers.

Lessons for Literacy: Promoting Preschool Success is full of fantastic activities to get your child learning while playing and having fun all at the same time!

The book is put together is a fantastically organized manner, and I especially loved the amount, and variety, of assessments included, for both three and four year olds. It is perfect for both child care centers and family child care programs. 

The activities are all extremely easy to plan and implement, with each meeting a number of developmental milestones, as they are completed. Through completing the activities your preschool child will learn their home address, learn to draw basic body parts on people, learn to cut and paste appropriately, read simple stories using pictures and/or words, writing first names and initial of last, and so many more great activities to preschool for Kindergarten and beyond.

The reproducible pages are fantastic, and perfect for assessments to include in your children's portfolio's on a regular basis.

The book does include some photos, and my only complaint is that I wish they were in full color, versus black and white only.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Lessons for Literacy - Promoting Preschool Success online through its publisher, Red Leaf Press.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Red Leaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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