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ERIC Number: EJ1107100
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7237
From Reminiscing to Reading: Home Contributions to Children's Developing Language and Literacy in Low-Income Families
Sparks, Alison; Reese, Elaine
First Language, v33 n1 p89-109 Feb 2013
In this study, the relations among a range of literacy-related home practices and children's acquisition of language and literacy at the outset of preschool are examined in a sample of linguistically diverse children from low-income families in the United States. Specifically, the study focuses on sources of variation found in mother-child conversations while reminiscing and book sharing, in frequency of book reading, in parent use of strategies to teach print skills, and in the child's interest in shared book reading. Mothers' elaborative forms of talk during reminiscing about behavior-related events were linked to children's semantic and print knowledge. Child interest in storybook reading was related to their emerging literacy skills but not to language.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Wide Range Achievement Test
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01HD04412503