ERIC Number: ED489505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reading: Birth to Age 5 = La Lectura: Desde El Nacimiento Hasta Los 5 Anos
Learning Point Associates / North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL)
Besides a change in the expectations of parents, other shifts are occurring in society that impact the youngest children (Bowman, Donovan, & Burns, 2000): (1) More women are in the workforce than ever before, which means more children are in child care or preschool; (2) There is increasing evidence of, and conviction from educators, that preschool children should receive some form of educational experience; and (3) There is growing evidence from early childhood research that indicates early childhood education has a positive correlation with school performance. In response to these changes, child care centers and preschools now are emphasizing literacy development. These early years--birth to age 5--are crucial in the physical, emotional, social, and educational (through sight, sound, and memory) development of prereading, language, vocabulary, and number skills (Michigan State Board of Education, 2002). A child?s ability to learn to read and write is linked to age-related development (Snow, Burns, & Griffin, 1998); and speaking, reading, and writing--literacy. The activities in this guide are a good starting point for helping children learn to read and write to prepare them for kindergarten. Any of these activities can be adjusted to fit any family and/or personal schedule. For example, some of these activities can be done while parents and children are driving in the car, riding on a bus, or eating a meal together. Remember that of all of these, the most important is that parents read to their children frequently, even if each time is brief. [This document was published by Learning Point Associates. The Spanish translation of this document is appended in the ERIC version.]
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Emergent Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Child Development, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, School Readiness, Parents as Teachers, Prereading Experience, Developmental Stages, Parent Role, Childrens Literature
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Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Naperville, IL.