Early 3 R's: How to Lead Beginners into Reading, Writing, and Arithme-Talk

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Preview of Unit II: Help With the First Steps

Progress is happening! Your preparatory steps are paying off. Some of your children are showing you that they can move from random learning in your print-rich room to focused learning of a few specific words and numbers.

Maybe one of your pupils has almost memorized "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," and is asking about specific words in the story. Maybe another is trying to write a counting book about billy goats. For these children, and for others like them, it's time to take the first steps into the 3 Rs. Your goal is to offer each preschooler the best possible chance to learn by the easiest possible methods.


WHAT TO DO

You should give each child a minute or two a day (or every other day) of personalized, individualized teaching. When your other pupils are busy at centers for independent activities, you can spend a little structured, personalized time with each pupil who can benefit from early instruction in reading, writing, or arithmetic.

And what happens during your private minutes with an early learner? What do you teach, as a child progresses from preparatory activities to the early first steps in the 3Rs?

Let's preview the answers to those questions, as they are given in the following chapters. Let's look at what you would do with a pupil named Sonya.

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