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Developing Literacy Skills in the Early Years

Developing Literacy Skills in the Early Years
A Practical Guide

First Edition
  • Hilary White - Early Years Teacher and Consultant, Somerset

May 2005 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Many young children need targeted support and encouragement to help develop their literacy skills. This book contains tried and tested activities to improve listening, verbal reasoning, and language skills in young children and shows you how to turn theory into fun, practical ideas for the classroom.

The author shows how to link activities to the Early Learning Goals and the National Literacy Strategy and the book includes:

  • Lesson activities using puppets, nursery rhymes, story boxes, and picture books
  • Suggestions for using role-play
  • Ideas for organizing your play setting to encourage literacy-related play
  • Assessment guidelines
  • Lists of resources
  • A selection of photocopiable material

The Setting
The Sounds of Language
Matching Sound and Symbol
Becoming a Writer
Becoming a Reader
The Role of the Picture Book
Planning and Recording

Fantastic resource for students at level 4-6. Accessible and easy to follow. A text I would recommend for any Early Years student who needs to consider literacy during placements.

Dr Chelle Davison
Early Childhood & Teacher Education, Coventry University
November 28, 2017

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction (pdf file 91kb)

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