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What is early literacy?
Babies are born able to process language. In the early years, they become increasingly aware of the language we use and start to use it themselves. Reading, talking and singing with them helps to build their understanding of the language they’ll come to use themselves
Read together to support early literacy
Children who have lots of experiences with books absorb the rhythms and patterns of language and, at surprisingly early ages, begin to imitate the language and gestures their parents and caregivers use while sharing stories.
How writing develops
Young children move through a series of stages as they are learning to write. The stages reflect a child's growing knowledge of the conventions of literacy, including letters, sounds and spacing of words within sentences. Almost every interaction in a child's world is preparing them to become a reader and writer.
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