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Handbook / Teacher's Guide
This fully revised fourth edition outlines seven strands of practice for three to six-year old children, designed to develop the skills, concepts and knowledge underpinning literacy in the early years. Accompanying each strand are clear explanations of the research and reasoning on which they are based. Practical advice on helping children transfer their learning into their own child-initiated activities, to build a genuine and solid foundation for literacy, is integral to the book.
1. Learning to Listen-Discrimination of sounds-Social Listening-Developing aural attention span-Developing auditory memory-Supporting children's listening2. Time to talk-Compensating for language delay-Talk during child-initiated activities-Vocabulary development-Repetition and innovation-Developing expressive language-Social language skills-Supporting talk during imaginative play3. Music, movement and memory-Development of steady beat, rhythm and rhyme-Articulation and song-Music and auditory memory-Left-right brain interaction-A musical setting4. Storytime!-Story-telling: developing listening skills-Story-telling: developing speaking skills-Reading aloud - five a day!-Developing imaginative engagement-Nurturing children's imaginations5. Learning about print-Awareness of print-Alphabet knowledge-Concepts about literacy-Sight words-Supporting children's involvement with print6. Tuning into sound-Phonological awareness-Phonemic awareness-Phonics: sound-symbol associations-Supporting the development of phonic knowledge7. Moving into writing-Handwriting movements-Letter formation-Pencil control-Shared writing-Supporting emergent writing8. Switching on the searchlights-The Foundations of Literacy curriculum-Fitting it in-Creating the Culture-Smooth transitionsAppendices-Language development-PREPARE chart-The phonemes of English-Handwriting groups and jingles for large-scale practice-Stages in emergent writing-Left-handed children-FoL audit sheet for practitioners working with 3-4 year olds-FoL audit sheet for practitioners working with 4-5 year olds-FoL audit sheet for practitioners working with 5-6 year olds-Phonics revisitedPractice Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stages and FoLFurther readingRecommended resources