‘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 3: Literacy for Toddlers
Literacy for Toddlers
Children's Development between 18 Months and 3 Years
The period from 18 months to 3 years is one of rapid development – physically, cognitively and emotionally. By the age of 2 years, children's brains weigh 75 per cent of what they will weigh as adults. This physical growth reflects changes in the structure and functions of the brain, which have important implications for children's early literacy learning.
There has been a great deal of interest in brain development over the past few years. Most people now accept that the first three years of a child's life are critically important. Some people go further. They believe that, in the first three years, there is a window of opportunity for learning that then slams ...