How Home & School Impact Emergent Literacy

How Home & School Impact Emergent Literacy
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Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Emergent literacy skills are some of the most important things children learn at a very young age. How schools and families together handle this can influence the rest of a child's education. Explore this, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Emergent Literacy

Young children are amazing. They're like sponges, they just soak up everything around them. If we maintained that enthusiasm for learning throughout our lives, we'd all be geniuses. But, between roughly the ages of two and five, our brains really enter an ideal stage for learning. We're old enough to want to understand the world around us and young enough that there's not much in there yet. It's the perfect combination of curiosity and ignorance. One of the areas where this is extremely important is in emergent literacy, the first development of reading and writing skills. Emergent literacy generally encompasses the first awareness of vocabulary, letter-name knowledge, which is the familiarity with names and appearance of letters, and phonological awareness, or the familiarity with basic sounds in a language. Emergent literacy is one of the first academic disciplines we learn in our lives, and how well we learn these early literacy skills will generally define how successful the rest of our academic careers will be. These are some of the first things we learn and, therefore, some of the most important.

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