Academic journal article Childhood Education

Literacy Playshop: New Literacies, Popular Media, and Play in the Early Childhood Classroom

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Literacy Playshop: New Literacies, Popular Media, and Play in the Early Childhood Classroom

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LITERACY PLAYSHOP: New Literacies, Popular Media, and Play in the Early Childhood Classroom. Karen E. Wohlwend. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 2013.113 pp. Paperback, $32.95. The purpose of this book is to help teachers use literacy play to foster the strengths and skills of their students in the primary grades. The book itself is divided into two halves. The first half contains several case studies, which focus on six early childhood teachers who collaborated in study groups in order to implement this play-based literacy learning and popular media in their classrooms. These case studies include dialogue between the children as well as diagrams of what some of the activities look like in practice. The second half of the book displays the organized framework, divided into four processes, of the literacy playshop and what it entails. The text explicitly discusses each process and includes a purpose, a description of the activity, the materials needed, and a technology component that utilizes the process. Some of the components include links to the Internet to visually view the technology component being utilized. The language is easy to read and understand. It is very well organized, with helpful chapter titles and subtitles. The second half of the book appears to be the most beneficial to teachers, because it provides activities to try and technology components to incorporate. …

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