Communication, Language and Literacy from Birth to Five


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Early language development
Babies are clever
Children′s needs: diversity and identity
Getting young children talking in early years settings by Carol Potter
Stories, Illustrations, Pictures and Books
Rhyme, Rhythm, Sound and Song
Emerging Literacy - Playful Reading and Writing


′So much is packed into a book of only 128 pages, yet the reader does not feel pressurised. What is suggested is imaginative, yet the suggestions are feasible in most early years settings′ - Literacy ′This book provides basic information on language and literacy learning in a clear, easy-to-read format. The book includes learning objectives and a summary of key points for each chapter, as well as case studies, a glossary, questions for reflection, web links and further readings, meaning that it would make a useful text for early childhood courses. The practical examples and clear text would also be helpful for educators in birth-to-five settings wanting to strengthen their language and literacy programne. The book would also appeal to many parents looking for ways to support language and literacy learning at home′ - Early Years ′This is an attractive, easy-to-handle, easy-to-read, book...One idea I shall definitely be using is the extended vocabulary lists for various learning areas′ - The National Childminding Association ′This is a useful and accessible book for students at all levels as well as for established early years practitioners and setting managers. It provides a clear context and theoretical underpinning knowledge on which to base strategies for supporting the development of young children′s language and communication skills from birth onwards′ - Early Years Update ′This book sets the scene for supporting language and literacy development in early years settings with a wide range of suggestions and advice, case studies and examples′ - Janet Kay, Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Sheffield Hallam University ′A delightful and reader-friendly publication for students of early education to learn basic concepts in language acquisition and literacy, this book offer a plethora of ideas for teaching and assessment of language development while displaying a sensitivity to teaching a diverse population of young children. A wealth of information about how books, storytelling, drama and the arts enhance children′s language and literacy skills is shared throughout the text′ - Professor Louise Swiniarski, Education Department, Salem State College, MA, USA

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