New England Reading Association Journal

Peer-reviewed journal provides articles, interviews, essays, and research reports of interest to educators. Issues investigated include literacy, classroom practice, and assessment.

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 2, 2005

A Pathway to Reading Success: Building Blocks for Literacy
Early childhood experiences with language are critical to the development of later literacy skills (Dickinson & Tabors, 2001; Hart & Risley, 1995; Purcell-Gates, 1988) and adequate acquisition of prerequisite skills are important to the later...
Beginning Literacy with Language: Young Children Learning at Home and School
Dickinson, David K., & Patton O. Tabors, (Eds.). (2001). Beginning Literacy with Language: Young Children Learning at Home and School. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing. 409 pp. ISBN 1-55766-479-X.This book is a must read for educators and...
Computers Use in Preschool: Trixie Gets a Screen Name
The role of technology in early childhood education is complex and controversial. Parents and educators are concerned with possible harm as well as potential benefits of technology to young children. The debate is often characterized by questions such...
Early Literacy and Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Closing the Achievement Gap
Research in early literacy development couldn't be more exciting and relevant than at this time. The spirit of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 signals a deeper need for understanding developmental literacy and finding strength in the complex,...
Editorial
Preschool literacy and beginning reading instruction are the focus of this fall issue 2005 of the 41st Volume of NERAJ. The range of topics addressed run the gamut from what constitutes effective and meaningful teaching, the important role that parents...
English Language Learners: Language and Literacy Development during the Preschool Years
The linguistic diversity that characterizes our nation's K-12 classrooms is evident also in preschools throughout the United States. In 1999, 24% of all children enrolled in Head Start classrooms were from non-English speaking homes in which over 140...
HIPPY: Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters Program
Alan had a high school education and worked the night shift in a factory, "I want my child in the HIPPY Program," he wrote, "Because I want her to have a jump start on schooling and to do better than me in life." Alan was one of the few dads involved...
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, the Dolores Umbridge Syndrome, & Teaching Reading
J.K. Rowling's latest effort, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, sold 6.9 million copies in 24 hours, proving once again that she is a publishing phenomenon (Rowling, 2005). Her success has also highlighted the power that a good story can have on...
Listening to Our Base: A Message for Teachers
The importance of parental involvement is acknowledged in the vision and mission statements of schools and school charters (McGilp and Michaels, 1994). "Home and school should work together" is the refrain heard again and again, along with the mantra...
Many Pathways to Literacy: Young Children Learning with Siblings, Grandparents, Peers and Communities
Gregory, Eve, Susi Long., & Dinah Volk (Eds.). (2004). Many Pathways to Literacy: Young Children Learning with Siblings, Grandparents, Peers and Communities. New York: Routledge Palmer. 251 pp. ISBN 0-415-306-167In this compilation of stories of...
Negotiating Critical Literacies with Young Children
Negotiating Critical Literacies with Young Children, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 159 pp. ISBN 0-8058-4053-2The descriptions and narratives of this book will put to rest questions about the capacity for young children to take participate...
New Essentials for Teaching Reading in PreK-2: Comprehension, Vocabulary, Fluency
Moore, Paula, and Anna Lyon. (2005). New Essentials for Teaching Reading in PreK-2: Comprehension, Vocabulary, Fluency. New York: Scholastic. 176 pp. ISBN 0-439-62368-5Among the national imperatives in literacy instruction, the three Moore and Lyon have...
Preschoolers and Reading: Encouraging a Life Long Love of Books
Preschoolers and reading: Encouraging a life long love of booksAlthough some might consider books for preschoolers to be fine so long as they are short and colorful, the child's introduction to reading and books is very important. We want only the best...
Progress with Pleasure: Success with Struggling Beginning Readers
The swing toward higher expectations and universal, measurable standards for primary grade children and their teachers has profoundly affected early literacy instruction throughout the United States. Some states have imposed more rigid mandates than...
Reading Instruction in Maine's Elementary Schools 2004-2005
A statewide survey of Maine teachers in grades 1, 3 and 5 was undertaken during the 2004-2005 school year to identify trends in literacy instruction. The study was a replication of a survey completed in 1993-94 (O'Donnell ocThurlow, 1994). In replicating...
The Press for Achievement and the Promise of Preschool Literacy Experiences
Children acquire language proficiency and an understanding of literacy before they enter elementary schools. However, some children enter school without the skills needed to experience success with early reading instruction (Landry, 2002). Preschool...
The Social World of Children: Learning to Talk
Hart, Betty & Todd Risley (1999). The Social World of Children: Learning to Talk. MD: Paul H. Brookcs Publishing. 300 pp ISBN 1-55766-420-X .This book presents a seminal observational study on the everyday interactions of 1- and 2-year-old children...
The Young Child's Memory for Words: Developing First and Second Language and Literacy
Meier, Daniel R. (2004). The Young Child's Memory for Words: Developing First and Second Language and Literacy. New York: Teachers College Press. 146 pp. ISBN 0-8077-4429-8In this engaging book, Meier challenges current understanding related to the literacy...