'Developing Early Literacy presents an interesting range of literacy-related topics which address issues of current importance to early years practice and, in places, question current thinking. There is an excellent balance of theoretical background and case study examples which would make this a relevant and practical text for both students and early years professionals.'
- Mary-Louise Maynes, Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Bishop Grosseteste University
Providing clear guidance on how to develop early literacy, this book offers support with the planning and teaching of this vital aspect of the curriculum using innovative and exciting methods.
Linking theory with practice, topics covered include:
babies and very early communication
the importance of role play corners
outdoor learning and literacy
how rhyme and repetition help to develop literacy
teaching literacy to children who have English as an Additional Language (EAL)
literacy and diversity
using picture books to develop literacy
different approaches to the teaching of phonics and early reading.
Each chapter has learning objectives, case studies featuring younger and older children from the Birth to 8 age range, a summary and suggested Further Reading. This text is essential reading for those on Early Childhood Studies, Early Years, Primary PGCE and Early Years teacher education courses.
Virginia Bower is Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.
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.
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