Emergent literacy: Building a foundation for learning to read





learn to read, effective teaching, early childhood, growth


The neural and behavioral foundations for learning to read are put into place well before the start of formal schooling.
In alphabetic languages, emergent literacy – the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are developmental precursors to learning to read – involves many components, including:

-Oral language; neural networks for language processing begin to develop prenatally- -Phonological awareness (sensitivity to the sound structure of spoken language); infants have amazing speech sound discrimination abilities that adults do not. -Print awareness; early exposure to environmental print is important. -Letter knowledge; neural visual processing systems must be modified as children learn letters. -Interactive book reading; an important prereading experience in its own right that involves many other components of emergent literacy. Early childhood care and education is a key concern for education stakeholders in terms of emergent literacy.


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