Literacy and early literacy learning can be theorised in different ways.
- Literacy can be thought of as a social and cultural practice that varies across time and place.
- Encounters with literacies and texts are embodied and affective experiences.
- Early communication is multimodal, combining words, facial expression, intonation, movement, gesture and posture.
- Early literacy practices are deeply related to children’s play.
- Narrative can drive children’s meaning making, which in turn supports symbolic representation needed for reading and writing.
- English is an alphabetic code and appropriate instruction can support the development of phonological awareness and phonic decoding and encoding of print.
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