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Supporting Language Development
A solid foundation in language development in the years before a child enters school will promote success in reading and writing in the future. Some studies have linked the number of words a child hears before the age of four to future academic achievement. The more often parents and caregivers talk to their children in everyday situations, the more opportunities children have to learn new words and practice their communication skills.
Singing songs and reciting simple nursery rhymes are one way to promote children’s language development. They help to give children a sense of the natural rhythm of the language and its sentence patterns.