Developing Language & Literacy with Young Children, Third Edition, gives parents, teachers, and other professionals who work and play with young children a confident understanding of communication and language development for children from birth to age eight. This resource examines the range of elements that are typical of communication and language activities: thinking, feeling, imagining, talking, listening, drawing, writing, and reading. The author emphasizes the importance of children's relationships and communications with the people who care about them, spend time with them, and share in the excitement of their developing languages and their investigations of literacy. This guidebook covers: Early communication and language Achievements of young bilinguals Stories, narratives, and language play and their significance in literacy development Emerging literacy in homes, early years settings and classrooms

Stories, Narrative and Play with Language

Stories, narrative and play with language

The previous chapters have been concerned with communication and spoken language development in early childhood and this chapter will focus on the links between oral language and emerging literacy. The child's growing understanding of these links will not be fostered by ever-earlier phonics training and writing lessons, despite the current pressures that suggest otherwise, but by participating in the creation and exchange of stories and playfully exploring the nature of language. The discussion which follows tries to build a bridge from spoken language to literacy, a bridge which takes us from the study of stories and narrative, by way of play with language, to choosing and using literature in early years settings.


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