Creating Early Childhood Classrooms
Developing young writers takes energy and creativity, wisdom and strategy, intention and reflection. All are provided here, in abundance. This book is a tool and a resource written by someone who knows the terrain deeply and treats it with reverence.
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Thank you for sharing more information on James Moffett and his book! I will reach out to you in regards to newsletter.
-Tiffany at Exchange
Interestingly, the author talks about the use of dramatic play to encourage language development, but then describes the dramatic play area as "a home center or housekeeping area". In my book, Oh Boy, I discuss at length the fact that, ON AVERAGE, young boys compared to young girls are delayed in literacy development. Then I also discuss the critical need to make the dramatic play area attractive to you boys,which means it must include props and items that, stereotypically, are associated with men in our culture. I changed a Kindergarten dramatic play area with this in mind, and saw a huge increase in the involvement of the boys.
Francis, thank you for pointing out the quality versus quantity of the words. I look forward to your thoughtful comments!
-Tiffany at Exchange
I’ve just finished a chapter that’s to be in an upcoming Moffett Reader, as in James Moffett, the author of “A Student-Centered Language Arts Curriculum, K-13.” The text went through 4 editions before James’ passing. He’s got chapters on dramatic play and early writing.
He also has a chapter “Becoming Literate,” which emphasises the importance of the cipher—playing with the alphabet and learning the alphabetic principle. Wonderful. I’d be happy to write a short piece for your newsletter. Just let me know.