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Supporting Early Literacies through Play

Supporting Early Literacies through Play

First Edition

December 2021 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Bringing together two key areas within early childhood— play and literacy — this book offers an innovative approach to examining literacies within the context of children’s play.

This book:

  • Introduces students to contemporary theory and research in the field

  • Explores the debates surrounding young children’s play and how language and literacies are created through a range of play activity

  • Helps students to reflect on how this knowledge can be applied in their future professional lives working to support young children

Advocating for young children’s play and diverse literacies, this book supports students to develop a depth of knowledge about how play can extend children’s literacies, and encourages early childhood educators to reflect on and enhance their literacy practices with young children. 

Introduction: Weaving together young children’s play and literacies
Chapter 1: Strong Foundations: The significance of play
Chapter 2: Playful Encounters: Language and multimodal communication
Chapter 3: Playing Narratively: Stories, imagination and role play
Chapter 4: Making a Mark on the World: Playful writing
Chapter 5: Sharing Stories: Reading and playing together
Chapter 6: Playing Digitally: Multimodal digital literacies
Chapter 7: ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’: Language and Literacies in Outdoor Play
Chapter 8: Curriculum Conversations: How the curriculum can support literacies and play

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