Developing Early Comprehension: Laying the Foundation for Reading Success

Volume Editors: Andrea DeBruin-Parecki Ph.D., Anne Van Kleeck Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Sabra Gear Ph.D.; Foreword Author: Susan B. Neuman Ed.D.

Format: Paperback, 264 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598570342
Price: $39.95

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How does early comprehension develop in young children, and how can we better prepare preschoolers to become successful readers? This important volume compiles today's best research on the often-overlooked topic of prereader comprehension: what we know about it now, and what we need to know to build a stronger foundation for children's future reading skills. More than two dozen literacy experts clearly describe theoretical models of early comprehension, demystify current research, recommend effective practices for boosting comprehension, and identify critical research priorities for the near future. An essential text and reference for reading specialists, program administrators, SLPs, preservice professionals, and researchers, this volume is key to helping children develop the early comprehension skills that support later reading success.

  • the importance of teaching all young children comprehension strategies
  • connections between vocabulary development and listening comprehension
  • the relationship of academic talk to reading comprehension
  • how social pretend play helps children cultivate skills essential for comprehension
  • development of executive function skills important for academic success assessment of comprehension skills in prereaders
  • how young children become literate in a digital society
  • the benefits of using academic talk and informational texts in pre-K classrooms
  • ways to support early comprehension for multilingual students and those with special needs
  • parents and teachers' complementary roles in developing children's comprehension


Review by: Margaret McKeown, University of Pittsburgh
“Rich in food for thought--and action--for researchers, educators, and policymakers interested in understanding and supporting childrens early language and literacy development.”

Table of Contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Foreword: Susan B. Neuman

1. Evening the Playing Field: The Importance of Teaching All Young Children Comprehension Strategies
Andrea DeBruin-Parecki and Shana Pribesh

2. Vocabulary and Its Role in Early Comprehension Development
Michael D. Coyne, Sabina Rak Neugebauer, Sharon M. Ware, D. Betsy McCoach, and John Madura

3. Using Play to Promote Language Comprehension in Preschoolers
Katherine M. Newman, David K. Dickinson, Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

4. The Academic Talk Register: A Critical Preschool Oral Language Foundation for Later Reading Comprehension
Anne van Kleeck

5. Emergent Comprehension in a Digital World
Caitlin McMunn Dooley and Meghan M. Welch

6. Building Emergent Comprehension Through Informational Texts
Kendra M. Hall-Kenyon, Barbara E. Culatta, and Nell K. Duke

7. Special Education: A Guide to Working with Included Preschool Children with Disabilities to Improve Comprehension
Sabra Gear

8. Multilingualism in Early Childhood: The Development, Assessment, and Intervention of Comprehension Abilities
Sandra Barrueco and Geraldine M. Fernndez

9. The Role of Hot and Cool Executive Functions in Pre-Reader Comprehension
Kelly Branam Cartwright and Nicole Ruther Guajardo

10. Assessment of Comprehension Skills in Pre-Readers: Theoretical Foundations, Methods, Challenges and Opportunities
Julie S. Lynch and Janne Lepola

11. Parent Role in Developing Childrens Comprehension
Billie J. Enz and Jill Stamm

12. It Takes Two: How Parents and Teachers Bridge the Gap between Listening and Reading Comprehension
Jamie Zibulsky and Anne E. Cunningham


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