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Foundations of Early Literacy

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A balanced approach to language, listening and literacy skills in the early years

ISBN: 9781921613999
Code: TS0101
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Foundations of Early Literacy outlines the key seven strands. It provides activities which early years educators and teachers can include in their practice with children aged 3 to 6 years. The activities have been designed to develop the skills, concepts and knowledge underpinning literacy. Accompanying each strand are clear explanations of the research and reasoning on which they are based. It was devised from the start to place language, listening and literacy within the wider context of children's overall physical and mental growth – recognising the overlap between all areas of early learning and development. This comprehensive resource offers practical advice on helping children transfer their learning into their own child-initiated activities to build a genuine and solid foundation for literacy.

Pages: 136 | Ages: 3-6 | Published: July 2017

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About the Authors

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Following an extensive career as an early years educator, Ros Bayley became well-known as an early years consultant, trainer and storyteller. Throughout her career she devoted much time to developing children's creativity and imagination through story, puppetry, music, dance and dramatic play, and shared her strategies both nationally and internationally. She also had a passionate interest in the development of early literacy. Ros’s tragically early death in 2012 deprived us all of a great teacher and advocate of young children’s right to play.

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Bridie Raban is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her past research has focused on language and literacy development, teacher change and development, curriculum and assessment for the early childhood years and quality provision. She was the first Professor of Early Childhood Education in Victoria and the second in Australia, and before this she was Professor of Primary Education (Early Years) at the University of Warwick and President of the UK Reading Association.

 

 

Sue Palmer, a former primary principal, has written more than 200 books and educational television programs on aspects of literacy and acted as a literacy consultant. Research for her books on child development in the modern world (Toxic Childhood, Detoxing Childhood, 21st Century Boys and 21st Century Girls), led to a profound interest in the significance of play in children’s learning, and collaboration with Ros Bayley on the Foundations of Literacy project. She lives in Scotland, where she is currently a member of the Scottish government’s Early Years Task Force.

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