Essentials of Literacy from 0-7
A Whole-Child Approach to Communication, Language and Literacy
- Tina Bruce - Honorary Visiting Professor at University of Roehampton
- Jenny Spratt - Peterborough City Council
Children flourish in their development and learning when practitioners and parents work together. Children's development and learning are further enhanced when interconnected knowledge and understanding work together.
In this new edition the authors guide readers in understanding of child development. They highlight the need for those who work with young children to become reflective practitioners. Through a focus on the introduction of nursery rhymes, finger rhymes, action songs and poetry cards, the authors provide a gentle, child-friendly way to develop literacy 0-7.
Thoroughly revised and updated, this book includes:
- Case studies and examples
- Discussion of the primary framework
- Inclusion of schools as an educational setting
- Age-appropriate activities
- Further reading suggestions at the end of each chapter
This book is useful for teachers, practitioners, teaching assistants and for anyone working with children from birth to seven years in nursery and primary schools, children's centers, foundation units, and at home.
'In reading this book practitioners may be able to gain a vast repertoire of activities that supports the young literate in their classroom. This practical guide demonstrates how one might go about
teaching the vital sub-skills of emergent literacy development in authentic and purposeful ways'
-Andrew Sinko, Educate
'This is more than an excellent text book for early years practitioners and students, it is a delight! Tina Bruce and Jenny Spratt have managed to combine authoritative insights about language, literacy and child development with a celebration of the rich poetic resources of the English language. The authors explain the essentials of literacy in terms of children's earliest experiences of human relationships and communication, physical movement, symbol making and using, play, conversations, the sounds and rhythms of language and high well-being. Bruce and Spratt go on to describe a rich resource of time-honoured traditional material that is just waiting to be used in language play and experimentation and literacy learning and teaching. This celebration of action songs, finger rhymes, nursery rhymes, stories and poetry and the provision of carefully annotated photographs make this a very special book. The text empowers practitioners (and the children they nurture and teach) as it explains the complexity of literacy learning, clarifies linguistic technical jargon and emphasises the joy and creativity of good literacy learning experiences. This is a book to keep close to hand and it is the perfect antidote to the misguided notion that 'reading is simple'!' -
This book is a great resource to support Unit 9 - Emerging Children's literacy and it has supported my learners' to look wider for quotes and theory to support their coursework.
A lovely book which looks at literacy from a practitioner point of view. Some super ideas and easy to understand explanations of promoting literacy in the early years. Some lovely relevant images reinforce the information
This is a great book to support understanding of literacy of young children. There are some lovely examples to use in practice included, and detailed reflection of how these aid learning and development. This book is truly focused on literacy, yet covers a range of factors that impinge on children's literacy development, such as, for example, the role of parents. Some of the content reminded me of my first ever teaching resource book - This Little Puffin!
A must read for all early years students
Covers all aspects of literacy development. Useful and informative, and easy to access for undergraduate students.
Chapter 5 on mark making and writing will be recommended to support a taught session on the Communication, Language and Literacy module for second year B.Ed students. The colour pictures are particularly useful as examples for students to examine.
I have highly recommended this for my students studying in their childcare course and further teaching courses which they are hoping to continue with.
A great book that has helped the students with thier childcare course Unit 35 in particular. this has been recommended to the students and to the college library.
We are going to use chapters from this text with our Early Years trainees in all three years.