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Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, v3 n1 p15-46 2009

Researchers agree that language and literacy derive from the first days of a child's life. Children become literate members in society by listening and interacting with the people that surround them. This study examines how children develop literacy through play by looking closely at the benefits of uninterrupted play and how it encourages language development. The development of language skills, including reading and writing competence, through social interaction, was observed to see how literacy development occurs within a home environment. This study also offers successful strategies to use during play that will enhance reading and writing skills within young children.

Descriptors: Play, Literacy, Language Acquisition, Language Skills, Reading Achievement, Writing Achievement, Family Environment, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Educational Strategies, Interpersonal Relationship, Naturalistic Observation, Interviews, Video Technology, Transcripts (Written Records), Relevance (Education), Learning Strategies, Case Studies, Ethnography

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Author: Mielonen, Alissa Marie; Paterson, Wendy


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