Written by Judith A. Schickedanz and Molly F. Collins
The foundation for success in learning to read and write begins in infancy As early childhood professionals, we have both the opportunity and the privilege to shape the progress young children make in acquiring the literacy skills, oral language skills, and background knowledge vital to their later success in learning to read and write. By engaging infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in experiences that foster oral language and content knowledge, literacy skills, and cognitive ability, we build a foundation for children’s later academic success.
Promoting children’s desire to read and write is as important as helping children develop the necessary understandings and skills essential for learning how to read and write. Without motivation, children will read and write relatively little and only what and when they must.
This book addresses four main points:
- What children need to learn in these early years
- The strategies that teachers can use to help children acquire these foundations
- The features of emergent literacy and language understandings and skills
- How to design the physical environment in early childhood classrooms to support language and literacy learning
This book will help early childhood professionals and families support young children in acquiring the understandings, knowledge, and skills needed for later success in learning to read and write.
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