We all want to do whatever we can to support our children – and language and literacy lie at the heart of a child’s learning and development.
There are many simple ways of helping your child to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. This book shows you how, with the emphasis on having fun and learning through play. Many of the suggestions revolve around games and other activities and most of them can easily be slotted into your daily routine.
The book also uses simple terms to explain some of the ‘technicalities’ of reading and writing – such as the meaning and importance of ‘mark-making’, the role of phonics in literacy development and the difference between ‘print’ and ‘joined-up’ handwriting. For parents with children who have started school, there are also some tips on hearing reading and helping with spelling.
Covering the child’s language and literacy development from birth to starting school, this book will be an invaluable support throughout your child’s pre-school years and beyond.
Language Development: What to Expect
Talking With Your Child
Learning to Listen
Sharing Picture Books
Exploring Sounds and Letters
Becoming a Reader
Becoming a Writer
Helping with Handwriting
Helping With Spelling
Early Years Guidance
Hilary White is a freelance writer specialising in early years language and literacy development, art and craft. She has written a number of books on various aspects of education. She also contributes regularly to magazines aimed at early years professionals and is a member of the Practical Pre-school Magazine editorial board. She has taught in both early years and primary school settings, lectured and mentored trainee nursery school teachers and run continuing development workshops for practising teachers.
Hilary lives in Somerset with her husband, and has a son and a daughter. Over the years, they have taught her the importance of the parent’s role in supporting language development and making books an everyday part of a child’s life.