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Books and other resources described in the Library section may be requested for a 30-day loan. We will mail each borrower up to five loan items at a time (just two for first-time borrowers), and even include a postage-paid return address sticker for mailing them back to us! Borrowers must be affiliated with a non-profit program providing adult or family literacy services. Annotated bibliographies of our entire library of resources are available in hard copy by request, or can be viewed on our website Go to our library page to view. Call 800-441-7323 or e-mail email@example.com to check out materials described here or to request hard copy listings of even more resources.
Children Achieving: Best Practices in Early Literacy
Neuman, Susan B. and Roskos, Kathleen A., Editors (1998). Newark, DE: International Reading Association. Chapters from a variety of contributors focus on appropriate practices in teaching early literacy skills. Topics include developmentally appropriate practice, early literacy skills, ESL children and literacy, inclusive early literacy teaching and children with disabilities, culturally responsive instruction, motivating children, parent involvement, technology and early literacy, assessment, professional development, and learning resources.Book is available on loan to Texas Educators ONLY.
Communication and Learning: Social and Emotional Development of Infants
National Association for the Education of Young Children (2003). Washington, DC: NAEYC.This video looks at the language acquisition process of infants and toddlers. Based on brain development research, the discussion and illustrations are detailed. Cultural differences of families and their impact on development is mentioned. Part of NAEYC's Child Care Collection, this video would be suitable for professional development. 20-minute video is available on loan to Texas Educators ONLY.
Early Messages: Facilitating Language Development and Communication
California Department of Education (1998). Sacramento, CA: WestEd. 28-minute video/booklet set presents an overview of infant language development and communication. Ten strategies for enhancing infant language development are discussed and illustrated. They include “engage in nonverbal communication, use child-directed language, use self talk and parallel talk, support bilingual development.” The information is appropriate for caregivers, teachers, and parents. Video is available in a Spanish language version, a separate loan title. Video with booklet is available on loan to Texas Educators ONLY.
In Our Hands
California Department of Education (1997). Sacramento, CA: WestEd. 13-minute video/booklet set considers the effects of poor quality child care and discusses the basic needs of infants and toddlers in child care settings. Topics covered include: caring relationships, health and safety, connections with the family, and knowledgeable, responsive caregivers. The information is presented for administrators/professional development. Video with booklet is available on loan to Texas Educators ONLY.
Infant/Toddler Caregiving: A Guide to Routines, Second Edition
Gonzalez-Mena, Janet (2002). Sacramento, CA: California Department of Education and WestEd.This concise guide to all aspects of infant/toddler caregiving is divided into the following sections: “Greetings and Departures,” “Feeding,” “Diapering and Toileting,” “Dressing and Bathing,” “Sleeping and Naptime,” “Preparing,” “Ordering, and Maintaining the Environment,” “Health and Safety,” “Recordkeeping,” and “Special Issues with Children and Families.” The appendix has several forms helpful for an infant/toddler program.
Infant/Toddler Caregiving: A Guide to Setting Up Environments
Lally, J. Ronald and Stewart, Jay (1990). Sacramento, CA: California Department of Education and WestEd.This concise guide outlines what is needed to create an infant/toddler caregiving environment. The section topics are: “Creating Environments for Infants and Toddlers—Key Concepts,” “Planning Your Infant/Toddler Care Setting,” and “Setting Up Specific Areas.” Topics include safety, health, comfort, movement, learning and development areas, peer play areas, and parent communication area.
Infant/Toddler Caregiving: A Guide to Creating Partnerships with Parents
Lane, Mary B. and Signer, Sheila (1990). Sacramento, CA: California Department of Education and WestEd. This easy-to-read guide discusses how to establish and maintain good caregiver/parent partnerships. Chapter topics include first contact, separation problems, communication issues, listening to parents, supporting cultural diversity, parent involvement, financial and legal issues, family stress, and difficult issues. Every section has “points to consider” and resources.
Learning Through Supervision and Mentorship to Support the Development
of Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families: A Source Book
Fenichel, Emily, Editor (1992). Washington, DC: Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families. This book addresses issues suitable for professional development discussions. The topics are supervision and mentorship of students, supervision and mentorship of infant/family practitioners, issues for supervisors and program directors. Ideas for improving training and how to overcome obstacles are presented.
More Than Letters: Literacy Activities for Preschool, Kindergarten, and
Moomaw, Sally and Hieronymus, Brenda (2001). St. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press. Creating a literacy-rich environment is the focus of this book. Detailed curriculum ideas and center set-ups are outlined. This book has an introduction to literacy and the young child, how to create a curriculum, and Video with booklet is available on loan to Texas Educators ONLY.
Study Circle Guides for Adult Education Practitioners
NCSALL Study Circle Guides were developed by the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, these Study Circle Guides are designed to be used by professional developers and practitioners in organizing and conducting Study Circles that help practitioners read, discuss, and use research to improve their practice. Available on loan in book form from the Clearinghouse, these publications are also available online - http://www.ncsall.net/index.php?id=25 - scroll down page to find title.
Adult Multiple Intelligences
Parella, Andrea, et al (January 2004). Boston, MA: NCSALL.This guide addresses Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) and its application in the practice of adult basic education. It also incorporates findings from NCSALL's Adult Multiple Intelligences Study, the first systematic effort to examine how multiple intelligences theory can support adult literacy education.
Learner Persistence in Adult Basic Education
Smith, Cristine, et al (December 2003). Boston, MA: NCSALL. This guide addresses research that examines learner persistence, motivation, and retention in adult basic education. Based on findings of NCSALL research on learner persistence and on articles from Focus on Basics, NCSALL's quarterly journal for practitioners.
Teaching and Learning in Authentic Context
Bingman, Beth, et al (November 2003). Boston, MA: NCSALL. This guide addresses research that examines the relationship between two dimensions of instruction (the degree of authenticity of activities and the degree of teacher/student collaboration) and changes in the literacy practices of students outside the classroom.
Resources for Teaching Reading & Language Arts to Adults
The Grass Roots Readers Romance Series
Grass Roots Press (2003). Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Grass Roots Press. Series of books was designed to provide simple text for adult students who are reading at or below a grade one level. Each book in the series explores a different topic using real-life photographs. Romance series includes three romantic comedies.
The Grass Roots Readers Be the Judge Series
Grass Roots Press (2003). Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Grass Roots Press. Series of books was designed to provide simple text for adult students who are reading at or below a grade one level. Each book in the series explores a different topic using real-life photographs. Be the Judge series includes three short stories involving everyday ethical dilemmas.
Reading and Learning: A Handbook for Adults
Campbell, Pat (2003). Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Grass Roots Press. Will my reading improve? What will help me learn? How can I remember what I've read? What causes reading difficulties? This handbook uses illustrations by Val Lawton and easy-to-read text to explain how students can become better readers. Students will also learn about the factors that contribute to reading difficulties. The handbook concludes with suggestions for becoming an effective learner and a fluent reader.