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 The Kindergarten Book:
 A Guide to Literacy Instruction
 by Marilyn Duncan

 2005 pb  256 pages
 Item # 542  
 ISBN 1-57274-704-8

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This indispensable resource is by an exemplary primary educator and staff developer. Kindergarten teachers, those preparing to teach kindergarten, and faculty in early literacy programs will find that each accessible chapter is packed with real-life examples and anecdotes from a classroom where assessment truly drives instruction. A case study of a kindergarten class from the beginning of the year through the seventh month of school is skillfully woven throughout the book.  The teaching and learning of individual children and a whole class of learners comes to life.  
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Alphabet Card     My Book           

Two free items are included: an informative literacy assessment called My Book for the teacher to use with children to gather data, which when completed becomes a take-home book for each child, and a full-color, laminated, child-sized Alphabet Card.                                   

 2012-Review: National Kindergarten Alliance,
                      Newsletter Winter 2012, Vol.11  No.1

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Author Bio
Marilyn Duncan was a teacher for forty years. Her work was in the classroom with children and as a teacher developer. Marilyn was been the Trainer of Coordinators for The Learning Network®, the general editor for Inside Learning Network Schools (1997) and was involved in large-scale district initiatives in Colorado. While she worked in all areas of education she regards herself primarily as a kindergarten teacher. Marilyn is retired and lives with her husband Peter in Wanaka, New Zealand.


"This text offers a rich and inviting view of kindergarten. I appreciate the author's belief that every child comes to school with knowledge and that the teacher must build on the strengths of the learner. I especially value the emphasis on collecting information in a manageable way about what each child knows and using that information to guide instruction. I like the idea that chil­dren can learn to manage their own learning time. Every kindergarten teacher should read this book."

Sharon Martel kindergarten and first grade teacher, Florence Roche School, Groton, MA

Other Books by the Author
Literacy Coaching: Developing Effective Teachers through Instructional Dialogue

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