The development of early language and literacy begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to a child's earliest experiences with books and stories.
If children have not yet managed to cross the “centre line”– the line that runs down the middle of their bodies – then get them outside and climbing and balancing.
Helping children build vocabulary and develop language skills to get what they need and want is a key teaching task in the early childhood classroom. So many important developmental tasks are tied to children’s ability to access and use language in the right ways at the right time.
Three-year-old Jared busily packs several large purses full of play food and clothes, dons an oversized sport jacket, picks up some keys, and announces, "I'm going to the store. Do you want to come?"
It is important that all children become confident, fluent readers who enjoy books.
In the scramble for improved literacy, the benefits of reading aloud are often overlooked.
There were more than 5,000 children's books published last year, twice as many as in 1975, but how is a teacher to choose the right books?
Sit down with your group of children and read the famous book of Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr Seuss. Then wheel in a sand and water tray...