Emergent Literacy: Encouraging Early Reading Skills in Young Children

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Literacy consists of a range of ways to understand and decode symbols for communication in a community (Barratt-Pugh & Rohl, 2000, p. 25). Emergent literacy is a term used to describe how young children interact with books, reading and writing (What is Emergent Literacy, 2006, p.1). Emerging literacy is an ongoing process and to ensure this process is successful children need to be stimulated through active engagement with books and writing opportunities. Children start to learn about and experience reading and writing in infancy, particularly when they start familiarising themselves with print media. From an early age children are able to read and recognise signs such as fast food logos, ect. (Alleyne, n.d. p.2) In addition, when young…show more content…
There are many benefits in reading aloud to children not only an enhancement of literary skills but also increase in the ability to communicate with teachers and parents. Children also develop memory skills, imagination and creativity (Family Literacy, 2002). There is such an emphasis on the importance of reading aloud to children that a Brisbane based non-profit organisation called The Pyjama Foundation sends out volunteers to go and read to children in foster care on a weekly basis (The Pyjama Foundation, 2008). The Pyjama Foundation enforces that reading to children everyday develops their knowledge of the world around them, stimulates their interest in learning, improves observation skills and encourages positive social interaction (The Pyjama Foundation, 2008). Research has consistently shown that that reading books to children has a positive effect on literacy outcomes in the following ways: - Children develop a positive attitude towards books and reading. - Provides children with a model of reading - Guides children in the early stages of reading by widening their vocabulary. - Encourages children to read familiar stories independently by relating illustrations to the text. (Vukelich & Christie, 2004, p.8) Independent Reading Independent reading involves a child reading on their own and applying skills observed from a parent reading aloud or from guided and shared reading with a teacher.
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