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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.

Literacy at Home: Children Aged Seven
Literacy at home: Children aged seven

What changes in the course of four years growing up, and what remains similar? In the last chapter, through the parents' eyes, we saw what the children's homes were like as contexts for literacy learning for three-year-olds. In this chapter we look again at broadly the same issues, using the parents' observations to highlight in what ways homes provided a literacy learning context once these same children had reached the age of seven. By this stage of the Elmswood study there were forty-two children who had been part of the study for four years (see Appendix 2). There were now twenty-four boys and eighteen girls. Thirty-five children went to the school where they had ...

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