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Peak with Books: An Early Childhood Resource for Balanced Literacy [Paperback]

By Marjorie R. Nelsen (Author), Jan Nelsen-Parish (Joint Author) & Nadine M. LaLonde (Illustrator)
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Peak With Books shows how to use popular children's literature to build reading, writing, and cognitive skills in an inquiry-based environment. Instead of using a "skill and drill" approach, the authors employ conversations, questions, and, meaning-based activities to stimulate children's curiosity, confidence, and thirst for knowledge. The authors' balanced literacy program teaches strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. To develop those skills, each chapter's central storybook is accompanied by strategies that employ art, music, drama, finger rhymes, poetry, math and science activities. Graphics and children's presentations illustrate how research and discovery through fiction can enliven whole-class and individually directed projects.

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  • Reference and Research Bk News - 02/01/2002 page 239

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wadsworth Publishing
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.78" Width: 8.46" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2001
Publisher   Delmar Cengage Learning
ISBN  0766859487  
ISBN13  9780766859487  

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > History & Criticism > Literary Theory
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Education > Elementary School
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4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Education > Preschool & Kindergarten
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Education > Reading
6Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > Literature Guides
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Great Resource for Language Arts Pre K to Grade 1!  Jul 25, 2006
This book is a great resource for language arts Pre K to Grade 1. The authors have selected 40 titles in children's literature many of them Caldecott winners/nominees to be read aloud which incorporate activities such as poetry, songs, fingerplays, art, thinking skills, narration, vocabulary, drama, and cooking. There are also 500 storybooks referenced so you can expand on a particular story if you would like to. Dr. Ruth Beechick noted educational authority has commented on "Peak with Books": "I think this book is topnotch. Any parent who used these lesson plans for awhile would be getting a good education in using books with children and building upon them to expand vocabulary, experiences and thoughts. For people who want to do the "living books" thing that Susan Macaulay has popularized, here is the kindergarten program all worked out for them." This edition is the 3rd and has been rewritten to accomidate children from ages Pre-K to Grade 1. This volume is a great companion to Dr. Ruth Beechick's "Language and Thinking for Young Children."
An excellent preschool/K curriculum!  Jun 25, 2000
Peak with Books provides wonderful guidance for introducing young children to literature. We have especially enjoyed the inclusion of songs, poems, and art. The book selections include timeless classics and new favorites. The step-by-step instructions are a great help to the new teacher or homeschooler. Highly recommended by Ruth Beechick and others, this well-rounded program is a great place to start with your preschool and kindergarten aged children!

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