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

The Role of the Picture Book

The role of the picture book

In This Chapter …

The picture book is central to the development of literacy. This chapter explores the many different aspects of books and story, and how they can help the child to become a fully literate individual. The chapter is divided into three sections:

  • Sharing picture books
  • Exploring picture books
  • Story structure.

Sharing Picture Books

Sharing picture books with an adult is perhaps the single most important activity when it comes to literacy development. One-to-one, small story groups, large story groups and independent reading should be a major part of every child's day.

Story Groups

Story groups offer a welcome opportunity for children to settle down and simply enjoy the story. Lots of learning will come naturally from ...

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