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Parents as their children's first teachers play a significant role in nurturing their literacy. Children who come from home environments in which they have frequent and varied experiences with print material and observe adults interacting with print material for their own purpose usually achieve literacy with ease. Parents who present literature experiences through read aloud sessions to their young children not only extend their conceptual development, sense of story, and knowledge of print, but model an appreciation of language. Picture books, specifically nursery rhymes, alphabet books, predictable texts, books with little or no text, and concept books, can nurture children's emerging literacy. These literature experiences can provide children opportunities to predict the author's message and to share their constructs created through viewing, listening, and reading experiences.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Jeanne McLain Harms


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