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ERIC Number: EJ776613
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Say My Name, Say My Name! Using Children's Names to Enhance Early Literacy Development
McNair, Jonda
Young Children, v62 n5 p84-89 Sep 2007
A number of studies on literacy development, as well as two key tenets of social constructivist theory, support the use of children's own names for engaging children in meaningful and authentic reading and writing activities that foster important understandings about print. Spelling and writing their names help children learn the letters of the alphabet, distinguish one letter from another, and understand the function of print. McNair explains how children's names can teach letter-sound relationships, left-to-right directionality, the role of punctuation marks, and the distinction between terms like letter and word. She details teaching strategies for early literacy related to children's names, and she lists children's books focusing on names.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A