‘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 4: Literacy for Pre-School and Nursery Children
Literacy for Pre-School and Nursery Children
Some Developments in the 3 to 4 Years Stage
Children of 3 or 4 no longer look like babies as their limbs lengthen and the round plumpness of their faces and bodies lessens. Now they are confident and agile movers who run, jump, skip, hop, climb and swing more often than they walk. As well as being whirlwinds of physical activity, they are becoming very sociable and enjoy friendships with adults outside the immediate family. Other carers, minders, teachers and early years professionals, as well as neighbours or shopkeepers, become important to them.
Marian was reminded recently of the widening social worlds of this age group when 4-year-old Dylan told her that his new best friend ...