Publication Date: November 26, 2012
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
Language Building Blocks is an accessible resource that familiarizes early childhood professionals with linguistics, the scientific study of language. Knowledge of linguistics will enable early childhood educators to successfully teach young children core competencies, such as phonemic awareness, reading, math, health literacy, and intercultural awareness. The text includes numerous real-life examples for diverse age groups and learning styles. The online Resource Guide provides hands-on activities and contributions by top scholars in the field. This resource shows teachers how to systematically empower and include all children.
This teacher-friendly book:
Illustrates the value of observation, collaboration, and inquiry in early learning.
Anita Pandey is professor of linguistics and coordinator of professional communication in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland.
“A truly necessary guide to understanding language for early childhood teachers in today’s multicultural and multilingual world.”
—Debora B. Wisneski, president, Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
“This is a must for any educator who needs to understand the significant link between language and achievement in schooling contexts.”
—From the Foreword by Eugene García, Arizona State University
“An extraordinarily informative, useful, and highly accessible tool for educators of young children of all language backgrounds. An excellent resource for teacher preparation and professional development.”
—Dorothy S. Strickland, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education, Emerita, Distinguished Research Fellow, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
“Informativo! Educators must know how to break down language, how discourse mirrors culture, and how Spanish and other languages promote success in core content areas.”
—Rossana Ramirez Boyd, President, National Association for Bilingual Education
Beyond Black ‘n White: Addressing Cultural Bias in Word Gap Studies
An interview with Dr. Anita Pandey on the cultural bias in word gap studies produced by the Early Childhood Leadership Academy