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What comes before phonics?

What comes before phonics?

Second Edition

May 2021 | 200 pages | Learning Matters
What comes before phonics?

The teaching of phonics is now strongly embedded in early literacy teaching in schools and early years settings, and it has been shown to be an important part of becoming literate. There is, however, significant concern about the formalising of phonics teaching for very young children. 

So what should we be focusing on in early years?
What comes before this formal teaching?
What do children need to know and experience to enable them to access phonics teaching with success?

This book looks in detail at the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes that children need to enable them to come to phonics teaching ready to learn and with a good chance of success. The second edition has been updated to include the latest research and enhanced support on working with parents and carers.

Early literacy: the current context
Leading into literacy
Speaking and listening
Physical foundations of literacy
Metalinguistic development
Print awareness
Symbolising and representation
Phonological awareness

This book helps the reader understand the broader issues associated with literacy learning. It is particularly valuable for students who are new to teaching reading in Early Years and Key Stage 1. The exploration of key points including symbolic representation, print awareness, metalinguistic awareness, physical development and so on allows the reader to be immersed in a range of technicalities that will help embed a strong understanding of the skills and knowledge children require to succeed in phonics, as they grow and develop throughout their education.

Mrs Carly Blackburn
Social and Community Practice, Bradford College
March 27, 2022

Really helpful for students' emergent literacy modules

Mrs Emma Harvey
Education, Suffolk New College
March 16, 2021

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