Early Literacy Development

Authored by: Ashley M. Pinkham , Susan B. Neuman

Handbook of Family Literacy

Print publication date:  April  2012
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415884570
eBook ISBN: 9780203841495
Adobe ISBN: 9781136899126

10.4324/9780203841495.ch2

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Abstract

Literacy development is a cumulative process beginning in early childhood and continuing throughout the school years. Across children, considerable variability exists in literacy skills at the beginning of formalized instruction, as well as in their subsequent rate of growth. At the individual level, however, reading success or failure is remarkably stable. Children who experience reading difficulties in kindergarten are almost invariably poor readers in fourth grade (Juel, 1988). Clearly, children’s experiences in the early years are critical for lifelong literacy achievement.

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