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Early Language & Literacy KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Early Language and Literacy KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting language and literacy development in early learners from birth through age eight. Its focus is to support parents and caregivers in helping early learners with their language and literacy development, and teachers in enhancing their instruction for early learners from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3.

Task 3: Learning Literacy Skills Through Creative Expression

Guideline: Learning through socio-dramatic play, music, and art supports the development of literacy skills among early learners. Providing for such opportunities for creative expression is an important part of a young child's language and literacy experience. This task provides resources to enhance literacy skills through creative expression.



Let the Children Play: Nature's Answer to Early Learning

This article describes how play is essential in the process of early learning. Though authored for Canadian early educators, educators of early learners in other countries may find the general content useful.


Play in the Early Years: Key to School Success

This Bay Area Early Childhood Funders policy brief reviews the importance of play in early childhood describing what it is, its role iin in early school success, and how it is applied in the preschool. As noted at its website, "The Early Childhood Funders (ECF) are an informal affiliation of foundations, donors, and corporations with a common interest in funding projects that support young children and their families."