The Development of Language (p. 168-175)
What are the most important skills that help literacy emerge?
Two broad categories
Understanding sounds and codes like knowing letters have names, sounds are associated with letters, and words are made up of sounds
Oral language skills such as expressive and receptive vocabulary, knowledge of syntax, and the ability to understand and tell stories
Inside-out skills= ability to decode units of print into units of sound and units of sound into units of language
Support by reading with children, retelling stories and talking about them, and limiting time spent watching tv