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|Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills.
The experience of self-expression also stimulates brain development, which underlies all learning.
|Singing — which also includes rhyming — increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to decode print (written language).|
|Reading together, or shared reading, remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers.|
|Writing and reading go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.|
|Playing is one of the primary ways young children learn about the world.|
|These five practices can easily be integrated into everyday activities to help children learn the essential early literacy skills.|