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
Chapter 4: Literacy: The Early Years, Birth to Six
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 ...