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ELM – Emergent Literacy and Math Toolkit

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Save the Children

Literacy acquisition, the process of becoming a reader, begins in the earliest stages of a child’s life. This period when children are not yet reading and writing but are acquiring foundational skills and tools they need in order to read and write is called emergent or early literacy. Much in the same way, even before children learn to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and count to one hundred, children learn many concepts about numbers and mathematics that are a part of emergent or early mathematics. Early literacy and math knowledge is an even greater predictor of school outcomes than interventions in early primary grades. Most importantly, mastery of emergent literacy and math skills are not optional – they are critical for children to succeed in early primary grades.

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