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Language experience approach in education; Reading (Kindergarten) -- Language experience approach;


The move to all-day every-day kindergarten programs has given rise to concerns about the nature of developmentally appropriate curricula and instruction in these programs. It is feared by some early childhood specialists that all-day every-day kindergarten classrooms will become, and are becoming, inundated with paper and pencil worksheets which are dictated by academic skill curricula. In addition, it has been determined that children are entering school with a substantial understanding of reading and writing which has created a call for an examination of the literacy experiences being offered to kindergarten children (Schickendanz, 1986; Strickland, 1990). As a result, kindergarten programs are being examined by educators to determine what is the most beneficial curriculum to use with young children (Cambourne, 1988; Elkind, 1986; Goodman, 1986; Harste, 1990). This paper will examine the whole language approach to determine if this approach is developmentally appropriate for facilitating literacy behaviors in the kindergarten program.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Charles R. May


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