~ (2006) provides professionals with a balanced emergent literacy program that develops language, print awareness, and phonological awareness skills. Activities in these three domains are integrated into 10 lessons. Each session begins with a written and oral presentation of the sequence of activities for that day using a pictorial planner and is followed by a shared book reading experience with discussion, a print awareness activity, and phonological awareness games.
The pictorial planner activity facilitates print awareness and sequencing skills, a precursor to narrative development necessary for storytelling and retelling. Through shared book reading (using popular children's books), the children develop listening skills, awareness of print concepts, and phonological awareness.
RANGE: 4-6 years.
~ (2006) The 3rd ed. of this manual presents the developmental stages of scissor use. The manual explains how to assess a child's skill level so that instruction can be targeted to the current level of performance. Included are techniques and adaptations and games and activities in which children can practice scissor skills. Guidelines are given for drawing up an individual pre-scissor program for each child. This program is particularly helpful for children who need intensive fine-motor skills training.
~ (2006) explains how to assess a child's pre-writing skills so that instruction can be targeted to the current level of performance. The developmental stages of writing are detailed. Then many techniques, adaptations, and activities in which children can practice their pre-writing skills are presented. Guidelines are given for drawing up an individual pre-writing program for a child.
~ (2006) presents effective ideas for working on higher level balance and coordination in a group setting. The activities build self-confidence and create social interaction while developing gross-motor skills. A sample 32-week curriculum is included that contains specific opening and closing activities as well as main activities to do with the group. Adaptations for more physically involved children are also included. RANGE: ages 3- to-5-years
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