Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Westminster College Logo

REA 810: Language and Literacy in the Preschool and the Elementary School

Welcome to Your "Research Homepage"

This guide has been designed by a Librarian specifically to help you explore the education literature on two topics:

  • Family-school literacy partnerships (also referred to as home-school connections, parent involvement, and family involvement)
  • Balanced literacy programs (which encompass concepts such as reading workshops, interactive read alouds, and independent reading)

Search Tips

1. Start with one journal (either Reading Teacher or Language Arts)

2. Be as specific as possible with your words (search for "read alouds" instead of "Vocabulary Development")

3. Look for articles that are both (1) relevant and (2) recent.

4. Read the abstract. If it's good, find & read the articles that appear in the References/Bibliography. If it's terrible, go back to the results list and try again.

5. If you don't like anything in the results list, try different words ("reading and preschoolers" or "reading and elementary students")

6. If you still don't see anything you like, try a different source using the same search words and process.

7. If you still don't see anything you like, ask a Librarian! 

Your Main Journals

The Reading Teacher Cover

The Reading Teacher

Written for reading teachers of children up to age 12, it provides practical,evidence-based teaching ideas to meet the needs of all learners.

Language Arts Cover

Language Arts

A professional journal for elementary and middle school teachers and teacher educators, it provides a forum for discussions on all aspects of language arts learning and teaching, primarily as they relate to children in pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade.

NOTE: Search for articles in Education Source first, then open Language Arts to access the PDF

Ready for More? Try These Resources

If you are interested in a particular topic, but can't find it by browsing through the journals above, try searching one of these: