For a course on Early Literacy or Beginning Reading Methods. This text is written from a constructivist viewpoint, employing a balanced approach to teaching early literacy learning. The book combines developmentally appropriate early childhood practice with the current views of emergent literacy and holistic literacy. The authors maintain that phonics is one of many useful literacy skills and emphasize teaching skills in the context of meaningful reading and writing. The book advocates child's choice in reading materials and recommends against ability grouping.