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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.

The Effects of Parents' Contributions to Literacy
The effects of parents' contributions to literacy

This chapter focuses on key studies which show relationships between children's early experiences and their later literacy achievement. Not surprisingly, experiences at home with parents are important, since large numbers of young children spend most of their time with their families.

Literacy at Home and Achievement at School

What processes in their homes have an effect on children's literacy development? There have been a number of studies that have begun to explore this question. Moon and Wells (1979) reported a key study of home influences on children's reading development. (This was part of the Bristol Longitudinal Language Development Research Programme, a project developed over a number of years.) In this study, Moon and Wells ...

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