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ERIC Number: EJ938248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0736-8038
Early Literacy and Very Young Children
Parlakian, Rebecca
Zero to Three (J), v25 n1 p37-44 Sep 2004
For infants and toddlers, education and care are "two sides of the same coin." The author briefly reviews current research on the importance of relationships to cognitive development and early language and literacy. Instructional strategies that are most appropriate to the early years include "intentionality" and "scaffolding." Intentionality means thoughtfully providing children with the experiences they need to achieve developmentally appropriate skills in early literacy. Scaffolding is the continuum of supportive learning experiences that more competent others (adults or peers) offer to children as they master a new strategy or skill. The author provides parents and infant-family professionals with examples of how to use these and other strategies to promote early literacy. (Note: This article is adapted from the author's "Before the ABCs: Promoting School Readiness in Infants and Toddlers," published by ZERO TO THREE in 2003; ERIC# ED480539.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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