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Following an extensive career as an early years teacher, Ros Bayley is now a consultant, trainer, and storyteller. She shares her approach to story, puppetry, music, dance, and dramatic play with practitioners in the English-speaking world and has written a wide range of resources for teachers of the early years.
Early Literacy Fundamentals offers powerful activities to develop the skills, concepts, and knowledge underpinning early literacy. It builds on the personal, social, emotional, creative, and physical development skills that are a traditional part of early childhood programs.
Based on the latest research, the book recognizes that oral language is the bedrock upon which formal learning is based and that literacy:
begins at birth and is part of an ongoing developmental process;
develops concurrently with oral language development;
is enhanced by adult models who expose children to print and how it works;
is based on a systematic relationship between letters and sounds;
is rooted in and connected to the child's culture and communication patterns.
Each of the activities, organized around a seven-strand framework that reflects successful early childhood practices, is presented along with background research and practical advice on helping children initiate their own constructive play. The types of activities teachers will find include:
learning activities appropriate to a young child's age and stage of development;
quality pre-school activities that boost all children's language and literacy skills, and build a strong foundation for reading and literacy success in school;
opportunities for children to use oral language in a variety of ways as they play and experiment with words;
adult-initiated whole-group activities that can be extended into child-initiated play.
Early Literacy Fundamentals provides a comprehensive overview of the language and literacy experiences children need, and helps teachers give them a strong base on which future reading and learning success can grow.
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