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ERIC Number: EJ891181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Books and Good Stuff: A Strategy for Building School to Home Literacy Connections
Zeece, Pauline Davey; Wallace, Betty Morgan
Early Childhood Education Journal, v37 n1 p35-42 Aug 2009
Engaging young children in literacy activities at home is one way for families to augment and enrich the home literacy setting and to participate in their child's education at an early age (St. Pierre et al. in "Dev Psychol" 41(6): 953-970, 2005). Burgess et al. ("Read Res Quart" 4(4): 408-426, 2002) suggested that the resources families have at their disposal, the quality of literacy role models provided by parents, and the types of literacy and language activities in which parents and children engage, are all related to young children's developing literacy and language abilities. Other studies demonstrated that even modest literacy-promoting interventions can significantly enhance a young child's early literacy environment by increasing the frequency of parent-child book-sharing activities (Weitzman et al. in "Pediatrics "113(5):1248-1253, 2004). Dever ("J Early Educ Fam Rev" 8(4):17-28, 2001) and Dever and Burtis ("Early Child Dev Care" 172(4):359-370, 2002) emphasize the use of family literacy bags for early childhood development. Developing and sharing take-home literacy bags is an exciting literacy-promoting activity that may be shared with children and families to provide support for emergent literacy. This article explores the development of the BAGS (Books and Good Stuff) take-home literacy kits and provides suggestions for content, construction, implementation, and evaluation. Sixteen current books are reviewed and recommended by theme.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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