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Language and Literacy

  1. 1. Why fostering early language and literacy developmentis crucial in young infants<br />Melissa Corral<br />CHDV 30<br />Extra Credit<br />
  2. 2. Misconceptions:<br />Infants are too young to learn.<br />Only “special” children can learn how to read at a young age, so it’s just a waste of time.<br />Infants are not interested in learning.<br />Infants only want to play.<br />
  3. 3. Language development:<br />It’s not about teaching an infant how to technically “read.”<br />It’s about fostering meaningful interactions, (Prof. Amy Wetherby, Florida State University) that will further develop the child’s literacy skills in the future.<br />
  4. 4. Language development:<br />Infants are not born with Language, but they are born with communication intent.<br />The ability to acquire language is innate.<br />Babies begin by making connections between sounds or sound patterns and events or objects.<br />Language and Literacy does not begin in Kindergarten, it begins at birth.<br />
  5. 5. Teaching language development<br />Engage young children in dialogue during daily caregiving and play time.<br />Describe what is happening as it occurs; use the labels that children need to learn.<br />Talk with young children and interact with them; slow down and encourage them to think about what they are saying.<br />
  6. 6. Teaching language development (cont)<br />Play games with sounds; tell stories and sing songs.<br />Provide young children with interesting experiences that in turn can provide conversation material; really listen to them.<br />Offer older toddlers new experiences to talk about what relates to their expanding world.<br />Share new and novel objects (for example, bits of science and nature) to engage children’s interest and to encourage fun dialogue about those objects.<br />
  7. 7. Teaching language development :(cont)<br />Use questions as important language tools and encourage children to ask questions when they need more information.<br />Make book experiences pleasurable for children; point out pictures, rhyming sounds and fun characters.<br />READ to your baby!<br />
  8. 8. Early literacy<br />Meaningful experiences and interactions with others are key to communication and literacy skills.<br />Sharing attention, sharing feelings, and sharing intentions are significant to the development of language and later literacy.<br />Infants who had a wide of variety of gestures and sounds and began to understanding and using words early became preschoolers who showed clear and stable emergent literacy skills.<br />
  9. 9. Early literacy (cont)<br />Things to be mindful of:<br />Be sensitive to literacy and language interactions that are child initiated and not just adult initiated.<br />Storybook/ picture book sharing is an important tool for fostering emergent literacy.<br />More research is needed with toddlers form diverse linguistic and cultural settings, especially related to toddlers’ early writing attempts.<br />Family setting (where parents express pleasure in reading and writing) plays an important role in providing emergent literacy.<br />
  10. 10. Recap:<br />Teaching infants early language and literacy development is crucial to being able to be more successful children in their school years.<br />By showing interest in reading, parents can show their children how important it is, but most importantly, it’s never too early to start!<br />