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Chapter 4: Literacy: The Early Years, Birth to Six
Literacy is a complex topic and simply in order to keep the discussion manageable it has been divided into an early and a later phase of the years from birth to eight. Importantly, however, the two chapters that follow assume a continuity of literacy development and experiences in these years. Two positive effects of this practical arrangement are the attention it focuses on literacy from birth, and the keeping of literacy learning and teaching from six to eight within a distinctive early years tradition.
Most definitions of literacy emphasise the ability to read and write using the conventional system of written signs of a particular language and, of course, individuals can be ...