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‘Very accessible - not too technical or jargon-ridden. The practical suggestions were useful too - if professionals feel inspired to promote change in their practice and policy it is helpful to have suggestions on where to start and what to do’ - Management in Education.

Few primary teachers have a chance to find out in detail what children have already learnt, and continue to learn, about literacy at home with their parents. This book gives a clear demonstration of literacy learning that takes place at home, and how it differs from, as well as relates to, literacy at school. It will help teachers to increase their understanding of this process and to build on their relationship with parents. Such understanding, the book shows, can directly enhance children's literacy performance in school.

Home Background and Literacy Development
Home background and literacy development

We saw in Chapter 1 that literacy learning occurs right from the beginning of a child's life, and takes place in the familiar settings of home and community. At the heart of this view of literacy development is that parents and the home play a central role. Looking at other studies provides a way to contextualise the findings from the Elmswood study, which follow in Part Two, and in this chapter we look at studies which suggest a clear relationship between home background and literacy development. Whilst acknowledging that children have their individual predisposition, we need to recognise that much of their literacy learning arises from, and is influenced by, the social environment in which they ...

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