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EMERGENT LITERACY 2 Emergent Literacy Emergent literacy refers to the behaviors shown when children begin to approximate and respond to reading and writing activities. Literacy is a lifelong process that begins at birth and includes reading, viewing, listening, writing, and visual representations. Emergent literacy argues that learning to read and write is a gradual process that begins at birth while reading readiness suggests that children learning to write and read after reaching a particular developmental stage. The major influences on early literacy development include the understanding of literacy concepts and cognitive skills. Teachers, caregivers, and parents' efforts also influence a child's emergent literacy development. Children have different abilities that range from early readers to transitional and fluent readers or writers (Cecil, 2015). Besides, cognitive skills help children develop their ideas about literacy through actively participating in reading and writing. Parents

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