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Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 519–526 | Cite as

A Family Strengths Approach to Early Language and Literacy Development

  • Deborah Russell Carter
  • David J. Chard
  • Juli Lull Pool
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Abstract

Language and literacy skills are an essential element of young children’s development and allow them to interact meaningfully with other people and to develop knowledge in all subject areas. Despite the importance of language and literacy development, however, more than one-third of children in the United States enter school with significant differences in language, early literacy skills, and motivation to learn that place them at considerable risk for developing long-term reading difficulties. The quantity and quality of language interactions children have with their parents and exposure to print in their home environment prior to entering school have an important impact on these individual differences. This paper provides teachers with guidelines and tools for helping families identify and create language and literacy opportunities in their home environment that reflect their unique strengths and routines.

Keywords

Language Literacy Routines Family Family Strengths 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah Russell Carter
    • 1
  • David J. Chard
    • 2
  • Juli Lull Pool
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Special Education and Early Childhood StudiesBoise State UniversityBoiseUSA
  2. 2.School of Education and Human DevelopmentSouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA

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