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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.