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ERIC Number: EJ868191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Children, Parents, and Writing: Using Photography in a Family Literacy Workshop
Baskwill, Jane; Harkins, Mary Jane
Young Children, v64 n5 p28-33 Sep 2009
From an early age, young children, when given the opportunity, demonstrate their interest and enthusiasm for writing. Toddlers spontaneously pick up pencils and crayons to make marks on paper, walls, and floors. Preschoolers' scribbles are indications of their growing understanding of how print and story work. Their oral stories are often imaginative, enthusiastic explorations of words, characters, and plot growing out of their experiences. Parents who actively create a learning environment that supports and encourages writing stimulate children's interests in language and reading. Encouraging a young child's writing development promotes the child's positive self-image as a capable learner. The positive interaction between parent, child, and the child's writing attempts builds a foundation for future learning successes. Parents who encourage their children's writing let them know it is valued. Parents who write to and with their children become positive role models whom the children want to emulate. Such interaction can also contribute to positive parent/child bonding. Programmatic factors in family literacy projects can have a positive impact on family literacy practices. This article describes how using photography in a family literacy workshop helped parents better understand children's literacy development and shape their home literacy practices with their young children in light of their new understanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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