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Sharing books - how language supports literacy and literacy develops language skills

I wrote a blog in 2015 (was it really that long ago?) about the Read On. Get On campaign, which aims to support the development of children's language and literacy skills. This ambitious campaign aims to have every child having good language skills by 2020 and able to read well by 2025.

18 months on, I thought it would be useful to recap on the language skills young children need to develop to support literacy; and also how sharing books helps children to develop language and communication skills.

01/04/2017

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Top tips for listening

“Listening is one of the most important of all the skills that children need if they are to learn from their environment (the world around them).”

22/07/2016

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"There a tat!" - what can affect speech sound development

Last time we looked at how we physically make speech sounds and how children develop their ability to listen to and say these sounds. This time we're going to focus on what can affect children's speech sound development and how we can help as practitioners.

22/04/2015

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From blowing raspberries to kicking k - how children learn to make speech sounds

Learning how to make the sounds we use for speech requires physical co-ordination and motor planning skills. In this blog we’re going to look at how we make different speech sounds and how children learn and practice to use those sounds. 

30/03/2015

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How a floppy-hatted scarecrow, a spider and a magic box can be your top tools for early literacy

Discover how using songs and rhymes can help early literacy and language development

26/01/2015

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Using visual support in your setting

How can we use visual support to create an enabling environment that supports all children’s language development and learning, including children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)?

03/09/2014

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