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Developing Early Literacy 0 to 8


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Baby Rooms - Kathy Goouch Role Play Areas EYFS (ages zero to five), Key Stage 1 (ages five to seven) and beyond - Joanne Palmer Getting Outside - Michael Green Seamless transitions from Foundation Stage to Year 1 (ages 3 to 6) - Karen Vincent Supporting learners with English as an additional language - Virginia Bower Literacy and Diversity - Virginia Bower and Verity Hill Diverse Approaches to Language Development - Tracy Parvin Rhythm, Rhyme and Repetition - Susan Barrett and Virginia Bower Tales and the Oral Tradition - Caroline Tancock Picture Books - Roger McDonald 'This is How We Teach Reading in Our School' - Tracy Parvin Empowering Young Writers - Susan Barrett

About the Author

Virginia Bower is a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. She teaches on both the undergraduate programme and on the full time PGCE English course and is also part of the team who teach the Masters in Language and Literacy. Virginia is very keen to promote a love of literature in both children and university students and convenes a reading group for undergraduate trainee teachers where children's literature is shared, studied and enjoyed. She is currently undertaking a doctoral study focusing on supporting children with English as an additional language.


Topics in this helpful book include: Babies and very early communication; the importance of role-play corners; outdoor learning and literacy; how rhyme and repetition helps to develop literacy; teaching literacy to children who have English as an additional language; literacy and diversity; using picture books to develop literacy; supporting transitions and different approaches to the teaching of phonics and early reading.

-- Martine Horvath
The chapters in this book present a combination of evidence-based discussions which are then illuminated by practice-based case studies and research. This carefully balanced approach allows for some of the current issues which surround literacy to be explored from diverse perspectives. The chapters are organised within four main themes: 'Environment', 'Provision for all', Promoting language' and 'Inspiring readers and writers'. This thoughtfully considered construction allows for the chapters to be read in any order, depending on the reader's needs, or interests... Opportunities to reflect on the case studies are encouraged throughout the book, thus inviting constructive dialogues which would not only support students' development and understanding, but could also be of interest to all primary teaching professionals. -- Tracy Parvin

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