1st Edition

Intentional From the Start Guiding Emergent Readers in Small Groups

By Carolyn Helmers, Susan Vincent Copyright 2021

    Intentional from the Start: Guiding Emergent Readers in Small Groups, Carolyn Helmers and Susan Vincent take a concentrated look at the often-underestimated reading and writing work that occurs during the emergent reading stages of literacy development (PreA -D) and the seemingly simplistic books we use to teach them in small-group guided reading. Though both may appear unsophisticated, these earliest readers and the texts we use to meet their needs are each unique and full of nuances that generally go overlooked.The authors explore how emergent readers learn best and position text levels appropriately in the service of students. They also turn their attention to a comprehensive exploration of the particular needs of emergent readers and how the work they do at text levels PreA -D lays a critical foundation necessary for them to continue growing successfully into text levels E and beyond. As they examine the needs of learners working at each emergent text level individually, the authors:Detail specific demands books in that text level make on young readers and the best ways to coach students as they work through themHighlight instructional procedures for reading, writing, and word study that can be implemented immediately at your small group tableSuggest optimal schedules, techniques, and formats for efficient instruction at that levelUnpack the book characteristics specific to that level and demonstrate ways to capitalize on them to intentionally support emergent readers and writers.With plenty of useful classroom examples, as well as additional online resources with literacy center ideas that correlate directly with the work students are doing at particular levels, this book is a resource your emergent reading teacher heart will reach for again and again.

    Chapter 1: Emergent Readers: How They Learn and How to Teach Them; Chapter 2: Choosing Books Children Are Ready to Read; Chapter 3: Learning Where to Look; Chapter 4: Learning How to Look at Print; Chapter 5: Learning How to Monitor and Solve; Chapter 6: Learning How to Integrate Information in Print; Conclusion: It's Just the Beginning


    Carolyn Helmers has been both a half day and full day kindergarten teacher and immersed in emergent literacy for more than 29 years at Maddux Elementary. She was trained in Reading Recovery from The Ohio State University and spent 11 years teaching kindergarten in the mornings and first graders one on one in the afternoons.

    Susan Vincent has worked in early literacy for over 30 years. She began as a first grade teacher and then became a reading specialist and literacy coach, working with readers in kindergarten through third grade. She is trained in Reading Recovery, both as a teacher and teacher leader. She is currently a faculty member at Miami University in Ohio.