Early Literacy in Action
The Language-focused Curriculum for PreschoolBook - 2008
Bunce (Department of Speech-Language-Hearing, University of Kansas) provides a roadmap for a naturalistic, child-friendly preschool curriculum based on sound scientific principles. Part I, on foundations of the language-focused curriculum (LFC), introduces the general philosophy of the LFC and gives information on implementing the curriculum. Part II provides detailed lessons for 40 weeks. The lesson plans are divided into two main sections. Each week's lesson plan includes a suggested newsletter for parents about the upcoming week's activities; the overall weekly plan, including a list of suggested props and materials; the daily plan; and specific activity plans for each day's dramatic play, art, and group lessons. Part III contains an appendix of blank forms for curriculum planning, a blank version of the Learning Observation Guide tool described in the book, and a bibliography of children's stories used in the lesson plans. The book is intended for speech-language pathologists and early childhood educators who work with preschool-age children. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Teachers will get a year's worth of lessons: 40 weeks of curriculum plans, including weekly themes, dramatic play activities, art, suggested story and song selections, and group lesson plans laid out in a week-by-week format. Detailed information on themes, lesson plans, and teaching strategies allow this program to be effectively implemented by educators at any experience level.
With this proven curriculum—selected by ASHA for the Department of Education as a model program for Early Reading First—preschool educators and SLPs will
- implement speech and language intervention in the classroom
- enhance the language skills of all children, including children with language impairments, children from low resource backgrounds, and English language learners
- ensure quality preschool programming with both the Fidelity Checklist, which helps preschools replicate the program accurately, and the Learning Observation Guide for measuring progress
- support cognitive, motor, and social skill development
With these activities, field-tested with more than 500 children in public schools and university training programs, preschool teachers and SLPs will be sure they're providing the best language and literacy programming for all children. And because the activities are fun and engaging, they'll get preschoolers excited about learning and improve children's school readiness.