|Editor||Alistair Ross, Young Citizens in Europe|
This research examines children`s linguistic awareness before school age. In Finland compulsory education starts at seven, before which many children are in voluntary pre- school groups. Teaching to read and write starts in the first school year. This research started in the autumn of 1998; two test groups and a control group, 92 subjects in total, were chosen from three pre-schools in Rauma. The test groups had interventions in their programmes; one based on fairy tales, play and learning called Secret World, and the other a computer based language program aLeksis. Children were tested before interventions in September and October and the last tests were in spring 1999. The program based on fairy tales and plays is of particular interest: the instructions for the drama play and the different theme programs were videotaped, and will be analysed later. This report describes drama play as a learning method.