Words Their Way for PreK-K
©2015 |Pearson | Available
Francine R. Johnston, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Marcia Invernizzi, University of Virginia
Donald R. Bear, Iowa State University
Shane Templeton, University of Nevada, Reno
©2015 |Pearson | Available
Based on the core philosophy of Words Their Way®: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary and Spelling Instruction, the highly popular resource that has helped thousands of children improve their literacy skills, this book provides an in-depth guide to teaching young children the foundations of literacy in developmentally appropriate ways.
Words Their Way®: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary and Spelling Instruction has become a best seller in the world of in-service and pre-service education. Now the authors have taken that popular guide and created a book specifically devoted to the critical early years: Words Their Way® for PreK-K. By promoting the core philosophy of Words Their Way®–that word study is developmental in nature and instruction should reflect that development–Words Their Way® for PreK-K devotes whole chapters to each crucial component of a research-based literacy program, including: oral language development, alphabet, phonological awareness, concepts about print, phonics, and helping children develop a concept of word and word recognition. Throughout, the authors present well-established instructional strategies, activities, and detailed lesson plans that reference the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, An outstanding online assessment tool, PDToolKit, is available to purchasers of the book.
Words Their Way® for PreK-K gives teachers the benefit of:
This text is exactly what I would expect from the Words Their Way team. It is a very useful, complete, and developmentally appropriate approach to word study for the early grades. It will be helpful both to pre-service and in-service teachers. The suggested literature and activities are tremendous resources, and include step-by-step directions that are perfect for beginning teachers. -- Pamela Sullivan, James Madison University
Words Their Way for PreK-K is full of great educational lessons and resources. There are lessons on all major topics, which allow our pre-service teachers to expand their lesson galleries. It includes children’s books to use in the classroom, of which there can never be too many. The stories from actual classrooms and the writing’s casual tone help to make the text less intimidating and more teacher-friendly.
The amount of detail and number of resources in a text are key, and this text is packed with practical applications. Many texts dwell on vocabulary and theory and forget that people always want to know, “How do I use this?” This text answers that question. -- Karen Gooch, Miami University
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Contents in Brief
Chapter 1: Oral Language, Vocabulary and Concept Development
Chapter 2: Alphabet– Letter Recognition and Production
Chapter 3: Phonological Awareness
Chapter 4: Concepts about Print and Writing
Chapter 5: Word Study for Phonics and Spelling
Chapter 6: Concept of Word in Text
Chapter 7: Classroom Organization in PreK and Kindergarten Settings Appendix
PDToolKit -- Standalone Access Card -- for Words Their Way for PreK-K
Johnston, Invernizzi, Helman, Bear & Templeton
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Francine Johnston is a former first grade teacher and reading specialist who learned about word study during her graduate work at the University of Virginia. She is now an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she teaches courses in reading, language arts, and children's literature. Francine frequently works with regional school systems as a consultant and researcher. Her research interests include current spelling practices and materials as well as the relationship between spelling and reading achievement.
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