Balancing elementary language arts
Children develop their language abilities through interacting meaningfully with people in their daily lives ' in storytime, at mealtimes, during chores, while playing, and while at school. In the classroom the teacher serves as a language model, providing opportunities for talking about ideas and demonstrating literacy. An introduction to teaching elementary language arts from an integrated, balanced, and social constructive perspective, Constructing Meaning: Balancing Elementary Language Arts, 3rd edition, balances the theoretical and practical considerations of language acquisition for both future and current teachers. Balance is a key theme throughout the book, and current debates find their place beside teaching strategies and grade-appropriate reading selections.