‘Laurie Makin's and Marian Whitehead's book on How to Develop Children's Literacy stands out from the usual guides on child development and learning. The language is accessible and engaging. The text is empowering rather than condescending in tone and in content. Teacher trainees and people working with children, including parents, who are wanting a good depth of information quickly about children's early literacy development will find this book provides it’ — Childforum, New Zealand. Are you studying for a vocational qualification in early childhood? Are you a qualified teacher working with under-fives for the first time? Are you a nursery nurse or teaching assistant? Or are you thinking about doing one of these things? If so, this book is for you. The years before a child starts school are crucial in establishing strong foundations for literacy. This book addresses current issues relating to early literacy. The authors offer pragmatic ideas and information on key areas including: literacy for babies and toddlers; literacy for preschool, daycare and nursery children; play; bilingualism; special needs; official curriculum frameworks. How to Develop Children's Early Literacy is a practical guide designed to support all early literacy educators.
Chapter 2: Literacy for Babies
Literacy for Babies
It may be hard for some readers to believe that we have written a serious chapter about literacy for babies, but we have! We hope to convince you that babies can be involved in sharing some enjoyable activities that are, in fact, the real roots of literacy. But that's as far as the ‘seriousness’ goes, because we are not suggesting that early years practitioners, or families, try to teach babies to read and write. However, you may still be puzzled by this chapter's title. Perhaps you associate literacy with ‘sounding out’ letters, looking at primers (reading scheme books) and tracing over writing. These methods are probably familiar to you. They are sometimes known as ‘formal literacy instruction’ and are often ...