Help My Child to Read: What is Emergent Literacy?

Emergent literacy is a general term used to describe the behaviors, skills, and knowledge that are present BEFORE children can read by themselves. Since the development of reading is complex, experts often describe its development as happening in stages or intervals. There are pre-emergent readers, early emergent readers, and emergent readers. Children progress through these […]

Help My Child to Read Series: What’s the Alphabetic Principle?

Help My Child Read Series: What’s the Alphabetic Principle? Photo Credit: dmelchordiaz A few months ago, I wrote a post entitled, The Matthew Effect and Literacy – What’s the Connection? In it, I explained how the phrase, “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” relate to literacy development. Early reading experiences are fundamental […]

The Matthew Effect and Literacy – What’s the Connection?

The Matthew Effect and Literacy – What’s the Connection? Ever hear the phrase: “The rich get richer and the poor get poorer?” Probably. Photo Credit: scottysauce  This popular phrase was coined in 1968 by an American sociologist named Robert Merton. At the time Merton was researching the reward system in science and discovered that more […]

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