Early Literacy in Education

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“Literacy learning has a profound and lasting effect on the social and academic lives of children. Their future educational opportunities and career choices are directly related to literacy ability. Since early childhood is the period when language develops most rapidly, it is imperative that young children are provided with a variety of developmentally appropriate literacy experiences throughout each day, and that the classroom environment is rich with language, both spoken and printed. Early childhood teachers are responsible for both understanding the developmental continuum of language and literacy and for supporting each child’s literacy development.
Literacy learning begins at birth and develops rapidly during the
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A teacher may ask Billy to identify the first letter of his name. “B” replies Billy. “What sound does the letter B make?” “Buh-buh-Billy exclaims the child. Billy is now inspired and driven to want to learn the other sounds the letters make. Parents and teachers must also realize that reading will contrast greatly as children grow. Below is a list that may help each parent as well as teacher:
• Talk, read, and sing to infants--they learn from everything they see and hear even in the first stages of life.
• Take your baby to the park, zoo, and the store with you. Bring her attention to objects, signs, and people.
• Always make books a part of your baby's toy selection, even if he enjoys handling books more than being read to. As your child grows, point out pictures of objects and offer their names. Eventually, your child will be able to name the pictures, too.
• Encourage associations between symbols and their meaning--as they get closer to toddlerhood, children may begin to recognize familiar signs for products and logos for cereal or fast food restaurants.
• Help toddlers make the transition from baby talk to adult language by repeating their words and expressions correctly without reprimanding them.
• Let toddlers "read" their favorite picture books by themselves while you remain close by to comment. Or, pause before a familiar word as you read to your toddler, and let her fill in the missing word. This


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