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The Castle in the Classroom
Story as a Springboard for Early Literacy
The Castle in the Classroom describes a year in a kindergarten classroom as the children embark on literary exploration. Each child approaches the journey from a different perspective—some are self-sufficient, others more hesitant; some are literary adventurers, others shyly reluctant. The detailed focus lessons throughout the book use the power of stories—personal narratives, folktales, and fairy tales—to deepen the literary experience so that reading and writing become as much a part of kindergarten as playing and pretending are.