Early Literacy at Home: General Environmental Factors and Specific Parent Input

  • Catherine McBride-Chang
  • Yvonne Y. Y. Chow
  • Xiuli Tong
Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 2)


This chapter outlines three aspects of early literacy in relation to general environment and parenting. First, we overview some general characteristics of the home environment that can influence how (and what) children learn to read and write. Next, we overview more specifically how parents can facilitate children’s early literacy growth. These studies focus particularly on dialogic reading and shared parent-child writing. Finally, we highlight the importance of both phonological awareness and morphological awareness for children’s early reading and writing development. Children’s early cognitive skills interact with their general environment, including the central role of parents and other caregivers, in affecting early literacy growth across cultures.


Phonological Awareness Word Reading Morphological Awareness Literacy Development Vocabulary Knowledge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine McBride-Chang
    • 1
  • Yvonne Y. Y. Chow
    • 1
  • Xiuli Tong
    • 1
  1. 1.The Chinese University of Hong KongMa Liu ShuiHong Kong

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