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Rusu, Corina; Wallace, Richard 'Dickie'; Coman, Madalina; Costea, Veronica; Sidor, Alexandra; Pop, Claudia; Navsaria, Dipesh – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2019
Pre-reading and early childhood literacy skills are important for brain development and fundamental to a child's long-term cognitive and social well-being. As such, the fostering of these skills is an important preventive health measure. Family physicians can play key roles in encouraging parents to routinely read with their children. However, in…
Descriptors: Prereading Experience, Physicians, Literacy Education, Preschool Children
Sawyer, Brook E.; Cycyk, Lauren M.; Sandilos, Lia E.; Hammer, Carol S. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2018
Given the need to enhance the academic language and early literacy skills of young children from low-income homes and the importance of the home literacy environment in supporting children's development, the purpose of this qualitative study was to better understand the home literacy environment of low-income African-American and Latino mothers of…
Descriptors: Mother Attitudes, Low Income, Family Literacy, Academic Discourse
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Swain, Jon; Cara, Olga; Mallows, David – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2017
This paper reports findings from a mixed methods research project in 2011, which set out to examine the extent and nature of father and child shared home reading practices. There was a particular focus on exploring fathers' perceptions of their role in reading with their child, aged five years old. The research was commissioned by Booktrust and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Fathers, Reading Aloud to Others, Preschool Children
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Di Santo, Aurelia; Timmons, Kristy; Pelletier, Janette – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2016
The present study examined how a six-week family literacy programme contributed to supporting the efforts 12 mothers living in a residential shelter were making to foster their preschool children's literacy development. We compared pre- and post-programme interviews to explore whether the mothers applied the literacy strategies discussed in the…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Mothers, Family Literacy, Homeless People
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Schick, Adina R.; Melzi, Gigliana – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2016
This study examined literacy practices in the homes of 127 low-income Latino preschoolers enrolled in bilingual preschool classrooms. Specifically, we investigated the print-related practices that Latino primary caregivers engaged in with their preschool-aged children at the start of the school year and explored the relation between these…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Low Income Groups, Hispanic Americans, Preschool Children
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Kuchirko, Yana; Tamis-LeMonda, Catherine S.; Luo, Rufan; Liang, Eva – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2016
Developmental changes in the questions mothers asked during book-sharing interactions with their preschool children and associations between mothers' questions and children's narrative contributions were examined. Children and mothers from ethnically diverse backgrounds (African American, Dominican and Mexican) were video-recorded sharing the…
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Story Reading, Preschool Children
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Timmons, Kristy; Pelletier, Janette – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2015
This study examined how parents' own learning affected their support for their children in a school-based Family Literacy Programme. Seventy-two children in junior kindergarten (4-year-olds) and senior kindergarten (5-year-olds) and their parents participated in the programme; complete data were available for 52 parents. Comparisons of pre- and…
Descriptors: Family Literacy, Family Programs, Program Effectiveness, Parent Education
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Cristofaro, Tonia N.; Tamis-LeMonda, Catherine S. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2012
The contributions of mothers' and children's oral language to children's school readiness were longitudinally examined among 75 low-income mothers and children. When children were 36 months, mothers' and children's lexical diversity, mothers' wh-questions, and children's PPVT-III scores were assessed from play interactions. At pre-kindergarten,…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, School Readiness, Mothers, Low Income
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Rainbird, Sophia; Rowsell, Jennifer – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2011
Conceptualizations of the home have changed, particularly in respect to children's rearing and development. An increased awareness of early intervention in meeting a child's learning needs has filtered down into the organization of space in homes. Maximizing learning opportunities by creating "literacy nooks", which involves carving out…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Family Environment, Child Rearing, Early Intervention
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Kim, Young-Suk; Kang, Jennifer Y.; Pan, Barbara Alexander – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2011
This study examined relationships between the spontaneous utterances of pre-kindergarteners (mean age = 5 years and 1 month) from low-income families during joint bookreading and their story retelling skills. Parent-child joint bookreading sessions (N = 62 dyads) and child story retelling sessions (N = 46) were videotaped. Results showed that…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Low Income Groups, Reading Aloud to Others, Correlation
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Reese, Elaine; Sparks, Alison; Leyva, Diana – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2010
It is well known that children's language development lays the foundation for their literacy development, though it is difficult for preschool teachers alone to consistently engage in the individual interactions necessary to boost children's language skills. Given that parents are their children's first teachers, it is imperative to consider how…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Parents, Emergent Literacy, Language Skills
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Kaderavek, Joan N.; Pakulski, Lori A. – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2007
The current study explored literacy interest or orientation of pre-school children with hearing impairment during mother-child story book interactions. Twelve pre-schoolers with varying types and levels of hearing impairment were observed during mother-child home book reading and toy play. Story books included both narrative and manipulative book…
Descriptors: Toys, Play, Preschool Children, Hearing Impairments
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Morgan, Anne – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2005
Research has shown that adult-child shared book reading can enhance language and literacy development in the early years, although little is known about how mothers and children from socio-economically disadvantaged communities interact around books. This study investigated the shared reading interactions of three mother-child dyads living in such…
Descriptors: Mothers, Emergent Literacy, Disadvantaged, Parent Child Relationship
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Torr, Jane – Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2004
This study analyses how pre-school children who differ in terms of maternal education respond to and interpret the images and written text in the same two picture books, one informational "The Sleepy Book" (Zolotow and Bobri, 1960) and one narrative "The Baby Who Wouldn't Go to Bed" (Cooper, 1996). Twelve children were recorded in their homes…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Mothers, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers