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Emergent Literacy Development


Emergent Literacy Development

Emergent literacy skills are the basic building blocks for learning to read and write. Emergent literacy skills begin developing in early infancy and early childhood through participation with adults in meaningful activities involving talking and print.


Consistent evidence exists that there are three primary domains of emergent literacy that are causally related to conventional reading & writing:

  • Oral Language
  • Phonological Processing
  • Print Knowledge


Below are videos and resources related to the topic of emergent literacy.



Emergent Literacy video

Language Rich Environment video

Phonological Awareness in book reading video

Dialogic Reading Description


Emergent Literacy Resources:


All information provided by:
Kim McDowell, PhD
Wichita State University (WSU)