ERIC Number: EJ822767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
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The Scaffolding of Emergent Literacy Skills in the Home Environment: A Case Study
Neumann, Michelle M.; Hood, Michelle; Neumann, David L.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v36 n4 p313-319 Feb 2009
The ways in which parent-child interactions can encourage the development of emergent literacy skills in young children remains to be fully explored. The present report describes how one parent scaffolded her young child's emergent writing and letter knowledge in the home. Environmental print provided many rich and meaningful examples for the parent to show that print conveys meaning and is constructed with letters that have names and make sounds. The parent used idiomorphs, a multisensory approach incorporating the tracing of letters and whole body movements, and common household objects to guide the child's learning of letter names, sounds, and shapes. Emergent writing skills were scaffolded by using directional language and by the child copying environmental print. The strategies and examples that are described may give guidance to parents and teachers on how to provide engaging opportunities for literacy learning in the home environment or in an early educational context.
Descriptors: Multisensory Learning, Emergent Literacy, Writing Skills, Family Environment, Case Studies, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Parent Child Relationship, Learning Strategies, Home Study, Printed Materials, Early Childhood Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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