There is a lot written on literacy and literacy learning and teaching in the early childhood years.
You may be undertaking research, doing an assignment on this topic, or your service may be engaging in self-review and need some background and discussion material
Below is a list of easily accessible New Zealand references and resources to help.
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Articles for Teachers and Professional Learning/ Development
Alexander, S. (2015). Literacy Learning and teaching essentials to know: Promoting literacy from an early age. This is a comprehensive overview on literacy in NZ, covering research, practical aspects and policy context with a reference list at the end. Retrieved from: http://www.childforum.com/education/teaching-learning-curriculum/curriculum/328-literacy.html
Morris, B. (2013). Helping a preschool child learn pre-reading skills. Retrieved from: http://www.childforum.com/education/teaching-learning-curriculum/curriculum/475-helping-a-preschool-child-learn-pre-reading-skills.html
Research Journal Articles
McLachlan, C. (2008). Early literacy and the transition to school: Issues for early childhood and primary educators. NZ Research in ECE Journal, 11, 105 -118. Retrieved from: http://www.childforum.com/research/2008-nzrece-journal-articles.html
Margrain, V. (2007). Inside the greenhouse: Hothousing, cultivating, tendering or nurturing precocious readers? NZ Research in ECE Journal, 10, 33 - 45 Retrieved from: http://www.childforum.com/research/2007-nzrece-journal-articles.html
Patel, S. (2012). Embedding literacy in an early childhood education programme: A look into Montessori. NZ Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 15, 11-30. Retrieved from http://www.childforum.com/research/2012-nzrece-journal-articles/866-literacy-early-childhood-education-montessori.html
Alexander, S. (2013). The effects of learning in the early childhood years on school achievement in literacy. Retrieved from: http://www.childforum.com/education/research-evidence-and-survey-results/effects-childcare-parents-working-a-needs/1182-the-importance-of-ece-attendance-and-student-performance-in-literacy-maths-and-science-at-school-analysis-of-international-pisa-timss-and-pirls-results-and-australias-naplan.html
Ideas for Play: Literacy. A book by New Zealanders Emma Smoldon and Megan Howell. Read More: http://www.childforum.com/education/books-resources-for-parents-teachers/1250-ideas-play-literacy-smoldon-howell.html
Leading to Reading – The Easy Way by Barbara Morris. Read More: http://www.childforum.com/education/books-resources-for-parents-teachers/416-leading-to-reading-the-easy-way-by-barbara-morris.html
NZ Research-based programme
Early Reading Together Programme in early childhood services. Find out more at http://www.childforum.com/management/check-out-member-preferential-discounts-support/421-early-reading-together-workshop-leaders-handbook-booklets-for-parents-etc.html
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