Synopses & Reviews
Teachers can use a collection of cereal boxes and take-out menus as essential literacy tools! The activities in Everyday Literacy integrate environmental print - words, letters, and symbols found in everyday life - into a curriculum that makes it easy to encourage children's literacy every day. Young children develop literacy through direct involvement in meaningful experiences with print. Everyday Literacy provides hands-on ideas for turning newspapers, signs and signals in the community, and catalogs and magazines into literacy experiences.
Key features of this book include:
- Literacy goals to show how concepts of print, letters, and words can be integrated throughout the curriculum.
- 250 activities to practice developing literacy skills, including writing, comprehension, rhyming words, print awareness, sight word recognition, vocabulary understanding, and letter and letter sound recognition. Activities for making books using environmental print, such as "Seed Packet Pocket Books," a book whose pages children create from seed packet labels.
- Literacy games, dramatic play materials, building equipment, and interactive bulletin boards. Activities that integrate print into math and science curriculum, such as, "Shopping Bag Addition" and "The Word World of Magnets." Activities in art, fine motor, and music and movement, such as, "Box Front Weaving," "My Name in Lights," and "Cereal Box Hop Scotch."
- Take-home activities and field trips to places in the community.
- An appendix with reproducible forms and patterns that can be used in the activities, a checklist of environmental print ideas, and list of children's books that include references to environmental print.
"With the wide variety of activities in the book, teachers and parents are sure to find some activities that both fit within their budget and schedule and that will engage their children while helping them develop critical literacy skills." - The Well-Read Child
"This award-winning book contains 250 activities, including: games, dramatic play, science and math, vocabulary, letters and sounds, and much more. Recommended for parents or teachers of children ages 3-8." - West Virginia Family Magazine
Teach literacy using familiar items such as cereal boxes, traffic signs and toy labels!
The tools you need to teach literacy are all around you! Everyday Literacy has over 100 activities that use ordinary objects such as cereal boxes, traffic signs, and toy labels to help children build essential reading skills.
The tools you need to teach literacy are all around you! Everyday Literacyhas over 100 activities that use ordinary objects such as cereal boxes, traffic signs and toy labels to help children build essential reading skills. With games such as Chalk Chat and projects like Alphabet Scrapbooks, children will enjoy learning to recognize the letters, symbols and words around them.
About the Author
Stephanie Mueller is an experienced teacher, consultant, and trainer in the field of early childhood education. Her extensive knowledge coupled with her love of learning makes her a sought-after speaker for professional organizations, schools and parent's groups.