ERIC Number: ED370694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Playing with Print. Australian Early Childhood Resource Booklets No. 4.
This booklet discusses literacy development in preschool children, the implications of literacy programs for such children, and the stages of children's writing development. The booklet notes that by age 2, children are aware that printed words play a major role in everyday life, and as they learn to talk, they are developing the skills necessary to learn to read and write. To encourage literacy development, the booklet recommends a learning environment that provides preschoolers with security and support, real-life literacy experiences, and access to and interaction with printed materials. It suggests that young children can be exposed to print through labels, signs, charts, and lists in the classroom; the integration of literacy into dramatic play; drawing and writing activities; storytelling and reading experiences; and planned group literacy experiences. Samples of the stages of writing development are provided, including scribbling, distinguishing pictures from print, writing approximation, print practice, and alphabetic writing. (MDM)
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Emergent Literacy, Foreign Countries, Learning Activities, Literacy, Play, Preschool Children, Writing Skills
Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., P.O. Box 105, Watson, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia ($6.25 Australian).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Early Childhood Association, Inc., Watson.