- xviii, 145 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Contents: Unlocking the key word approach -- Roots and history -- The system -- Key words : a natural fit -- Cultural excavation -- Movements : bounding into writing -- Key words and whimsy -- Books : authored and produced in the classroom.Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-144).Summary: Key Words: Reclaiming Children's Precious Vocabulary promotes the concept that children possess a key vocabulary of words that are special, if not magical. These words--such as "mom," "love" the name of a friend, or of a beloved game--can be read by young children even before they have commenced formal decoding. They conjure emotions that can motivate them into the enterprise of reading. This book offers stories that illustrate the key word approach in action and detailed guidelines for its institution in any early childhood classroom--back cover.