An Examination of Three Predictors of Literacy for Preschool-Aged Children
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This study addresses the validity of three generally held predictors of preschool literacy: name writing, alphabet knowledge, and behavioral self-regulation. Research assistants assessed preschoolers from two laboratory schools in Michigan on these three skills at the beginning of the school year. Results showed that alphabet knowledge was a valid predictor of literacy, whereas name writing and behavioral self-regulation were not. These results indicate that we must reevaluate our previously held notions about children’s ability to read, and they also suggest that it is important to support these basic skills in order to produce a literate and competent generation.