‘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.

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Play and Literacy

Children learn through play. Babies use all their senses as they explore their surroundings and get to know their important people. They enjoy listening, watching, touching and being rocked, bounced and moved rhythmically. They respond to voices, faces, moving leaves, textures and sounds. These experiences are enjoyable and they are also ways of learning about language: the sounds of voices, rhythmic patterns, eye contacts and facial expressions.

Babies are also learning to expect things to happen again, as in care routines or games of peek-a-boo, and they are learning what they can do with their own bodies. This sounds a bit dull until we see the sheer excitement babies experience when we spin a mobile for them, ...

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