Many young children need targeted support and encouragement to help develop their literacy skills. This book contains tried and tested activities to improve listening, verbal reasoning, and language skills in young children and shows you how to turn theory into fun, practical ideas for the classroom. The author shows how to link activities to the Early Learning Goals and the National Literacy Strategy and the book includes: Lesson activities using puppets, nursery rhymes, story boxes, and picture books Suggestions for using role-play Ideas for organizing your play setting to encourage literacy-related play Assessment guidelines Lists of resources A selection of photocopiable material

How to Use This Book

How to use this book


This book focuses on literacy development during the all-important Foundation Stage years. It is aimed at anyone who works with the three-plus age group – nursery nurses, nursery teachers, Reception class teachers, nursery and Reception assistants and students practising in day nurseries, nursery schools or Reception classes.

The book sets out to offer a wide range of practical activities that can be used to help children develop the skills of reading and writing. The chapters break up the field of literacy development into six broad areas. Chapter 1 looks at organizing a literate play environment and working with groups; Chapter 2 covers the sounds of spoken language; Chapter 3 the association between sounds and letters; Chapters 4 ...

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