The home literacy model in a highly transparent orthography
Silinskas, Gintautas; Torppa, Minna; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Nurmi, Jari-Erik (2020). The home literacy model in a highly transparent orthography. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 31 (1), 80-101. DOI: 10.1080/09243453.2019.1642213
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We investigated the extent to which home literacy activities during the preschool year would predict the development of children’s language and literacy skills in primary school, in a highly transparent Finnish language. Also, the correlates of maternal literacy activities during preschool were examined. Literacy and language skills of 1,880 children (6-year-olds at the baseline) were tested at 5 time points from the beginning of preschool to the end of Year 2; mothers filled in questionnaires at the end of preschool. The results showed that home teaching of reading at preschool age predicted children’s emergent literacy (letter knowledge, word reading fluency) in primary school, while shared reading predicted oral language skills (vocabulary, listening comprehension). Moreover, early letter knowledge was related to both the maternal teaching of reading and shared reading, while maternal beliefs and expectations about their children’s schooling and competence were associated with more frequent engagement in the teaching of reading. ...