A little theory...

Language is one of the most important achievements of early childhood. Language as a new tool opens up new possibilities for social understanding, learning about the world and communicating experience, pleasures and needs. Then, during the first three years of school, children take another important step in language development by learning to read. These two areas are distinct, yet linked. Indeed, a relationship has been established between early language skills and later mastery of reading.

Further information

Collective (unknown). Langage et littératie chez l'enfant en service de garde éducatif, Presse de l'Université du Québec, 198 pages.
Desmarais, S. (2010). Guide du langage de l'enfant de 0 à 6 ans, Éditions Quebecor.
Thériault, J., Lavoie, N. (2004). L'éveil à la lecture et à l'écriture, une responsabilité familiale et communautaire, Éditions Logiques.
Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network
Ordre des orthophonistes
Government of Quebec

Article on this topic based on...

Jamieson, D. G., Language development in young children, Canadian Council on Learning, Bulletin June 2007.

Jonhston, J., Factors influencing language development, University of British Columbia,(publication on internet March 9, 2005)

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Rvachew , S. , Synthèse sur le développement du langage et l'alphabétisation , McGill University, Canada. (Internet publication October 31, 2005) (2nd revised edition September 10, 2010)

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Thériault, J. (inconnu). L'émergence de l'écrit ou l'éveil du jeune enfant à la lecture et à l'écriture.