All posts by Laurie Lind Makin

Laurie Lind Makin was born in Canada. She immigrated to Australia in 1969 and has lived here happily ever since. Prior to retirement as an academic, she taught at the Nursery School Teachers’ College, Sydney College of Advanced Education, Macquarie University and the University of Newcastle. She also spent a year in Hong Kong as a Visiting Scholar in Early Childhood. For several years, as Founding Director of the Children and Education Research Centre at the University of Newcastle, Laurie, with colleagues, developed and implemented a research-based early language and literacy program called SHELLS (Support at Home for Early Language and LiteracieS). Laurie’s research and teaching have been in early childhood language and literacy in monolingual and multilingual contexts. She has published several books and many journal articles, and contributed to the development of a range of teaching resources for early childhood educators. Her latest books, Learning literacies birth to three (with S. Spedding, Pademelon Press, 2012), Live, love and learn (ACER Press, 2013), and Talking and learning (ECA, 2014) have focused on the role of both early educators and families in children’s literacy learning between birth and six years.

Talking and learning

The relationship between talking and learning is complex. Let’s look briefly at vocabulary. A recent article in The Economist states that four year olds in American households in which both parents hold degrees have heard 32 million more words than children whose parents are dependent on social security payments. Is this important? Many research studies […]

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