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Chapter 3: 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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