This core text for early childhood studies and early years students focuses on communication, language and literacy in the pre-school years. The text begins by discussing language acquisition and development covering development theory, talking with babies and the factors that affect development. It goes on to give guidance on how to support children's language acquisition through rhymes, songs, story books and storytelling. Finally, it examines the roots of literacy and asks 'what comes before phonics?' Interactive activities are included throughout to engage the reader and research focus features help students make essential links between theory and practice.
PART ONE : LANGUAGE ACQUISITION An Introduction to Language Acquisition Understanding Language Acquisition and Development: Theories and Approaches Language Development Charts Talking with Babies Factors that Affect Children's Language Acquisition and Development Responding to Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs PART TWO: SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT Interaction to Supoprt Language Acquisition and Development Supporting Bilingual and Multilingual Children's Language Learning Starting from the Child Rhymes, Poems, Songs, Music and Stories Creating a Literate Environment PART THREE: BECOMING A READER AND A WRITER Understanding Literacy Emergent Literacy Phonics in the Early Years References Index
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Sally Neaum is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Teesside. She has worked as a nursery and primary school teacher, as an advisor in early years and inclusion, and in initial teacher training. She has an MEd in Educational Psychology and Special Educational Needs and her doctoral research was in the pedagogy of early literacy. Her research interests include early years pedagogical practices and the impact of the graduate-led programme in early years.