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Essentials of Literacy from 0-7

Essentials of Literacy from 0-7
A Whole-Child Approach to Communication, Language and Literacy

Second Edition
  • Tina Bruce - Honorary Visiting Professor at University of Roehampton
  • Jenny Spratt - Peterborough City Council

April 2011 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Children flourish in their development and learning when practitioners and parents work together. Children's development and learning are further enhanced when interconnected knowledge and understanding work together.

In this new edition the authors guide readers in understanding of child development. They highlight the need for those who work with young children to become reflective practitioners. Through a focus on the introduction of nursery rhymes, finger rhymes, action songs and poetry cards, the authors provide a gentle, child-friendly way to develop literacy 0-7.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this book includes:

  • Case studies and examples
  • Discussion of the primary framework
  • Inclusion of schools as an educational setting
  • Age-appropriate activities
  • Further reading suggestions at the end of each chapter

This book is useful for teachers, practitioners, teaching assistants and for anyone working with children from birth to seven years in nursery and primary schools, children's centers, foundation units, and at home.

Introducing the Essentials of Communication, Language and Literacy
Observing Children in an Enabling Environment
Parent/Baby Songs
Finger Rhymes
Mark-Making and Writing
Action Songs: On the Spot
Action Songs: Moving around
Nursery Rhymes
Poetry Cards: Mapping Sounds onto Letters

A richly illustrated text that links current theories of, and research into, early literacy with clear observational assessment.

Dr Alastair Daniel
Department of Education, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
February 1, 2012

Providing excellent links between theory and practice, this book explains challenging concepts clearly, locating them in practical contexts. Its coverage is wholly appropriate for our second year ITE students.

Ms Jane Murray
School of Education, Northampton University
January 15, 2012

A text all practitioners should read. Its core values should underpin all good primary practice.

Mrs Susan Barrett
Department of Primary Education, Canterbury Christ Church University
November 28, 2011

My Early Years colleague has found this book very useful with her students.

Anne Bradley
School of Education & Professional Dev, College of St Mark and St John
November 7, 2011

Lots of good ideas to support those working during the literacy session in the classroom. Easy to read and clear information given throughout.

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
July 12, 2011

Used as a book to extend reading in literacy

Ms Denise Kingston
School of Education, Brighton University
June 26, 2011

Very good for all practitioners.

Mrs Emma Griffiths
EYPS, E M Direct Ltd
June 22, 2011

An excellent book with some really good practical ideas that learners can put into practice. This will be a useful tool for level 2 and level 3's and back up theory sessions. Is there an equivalent for secondary age groups???

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
April 15, 2011

Good practical ideas and resource

Mrs Victoria Brown
Please select your department, Please select your institution
April 14, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

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