Play in early childhood is vitally important to learning. It is through play that children begin to develop stories with one another about how the world works. Language/Literacy growth begins as soon as the child begins to explore and make sense of the surrounding world. Unfortunately, many adults do not recognize this and don’t know how to think about communication and language for young children other than through speech alone.
Let’s Play: Building Language and Literacy into Every Day is a Language/Literacy Resource Guide that will help parents know what to look for so they can see the beginning stages of language and literacy development in their young children, both with or without disabilities. Parents will learn how to balance an interest in the young child’s speech with opportunities to develop, use and strengthen the other language systems to support the expansion of early speech efforts.
For more information, please visit http://www.pealcenter.org/resources/literacyandlanguage.html