Would you like targeted, fun classroom activities for working on specific literacy skills with your students in addition to Read, Play, and Learn!®? Try these 3 excellent, research-based activity books. All are available through Brookes Publishing (click the links below to order).

Ladders to Literacy: A Preschool Curriculum, Second Edition Ladders to Literacy
A Preschool Curriculum, Second Edition
By Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D., Rollanda E. O'Connor, Ph.D., & Patricia F. Vadasy, M.P.H.

Ladders to Literacy is a field-tested, activity-based curriculum that allows early childhood educators to help the children in their classroom become successful early readers. The book offers more than 60 fun, field-tested games, crafts, role plays, and other activities that improve children's basic preliteracy skills such as writing words, recognizing letter sounds, and breaking words into syllables and phonemes. With well-defined links between the activities and Head Start Recommended Outcomes, teachers can be sure they're equipping children with the emergent literacy skills they'll need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Ladders to Literacy: A Kindergarten Activity Book, Second Edition Ladders to Literacy
A Kindergarten Activity Book, Second Edition
By Rollanda E. O'Connor, Ph.D., Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D., & Patricia F. Vadasy, M.P.H.

Like the preschool version, the kindergarten version of Ladders to Literacy
is a field-teted activity-based curriculum that's an effective way to supplement children's instructions without giving up current language arts programming. The book gives teachers more than 60 culturally sensitive and developmentally appropriate activities that emphasize key elements of reading succes: print awareness, metalinguistic skills, and oral language skills. Modifications are included for children with disabilities, and the early literacy activities for children and parents help strengthen the home–school literacy link.

Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: A Classroom Curriculum Phonemic Awareness in Young Children
A Classroom Curriculum
By Marilyn Jager Adams, Ph.D., Barbara R. Foorman, Ph.D., Ingvar Lundberg, Ph.D., & Terri Beeler, Ed.D.

Phonemic awareness is the first step in any child's journey to literacy, and more than 25% of all children don't master it by third grade. Specifically targeting phonemic awareness, this program helps young children learn to distinguish the individual sounds that make up words and affect their meanings in 15 to 20 minutes a day. With the unique screening method that accommodates up to 15 children at a time, educators can gauge the general skill level of the class and identify children who may need additional testing. And teachers can choose from a range of activities to use with the whole class—from simple listening games to more advanced sound manipulation exercises such as rhyming, alliteration, and segmentation.

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