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Children gain much of their understanding of language, reading and writing long before they enter kindergarten.

It’s true … early language and literacy development begins in the first three years of life. This is a very important time for brain development. Early literacy skills develop through social activities and real-life interactions that help children build skills.

Literacy doesn’t just refer to one’s ability to read and write. In fact, it means much more. The power of literacy lies in a person’s ability to use words to understand and interact with the world around them.

Early language and literacy skills are closely linked to a child’s experiences with books, stories, language and talking.

There are many ways you can help your children improve their literacy skills. These include exposing them to books, reading with them, singing with them and reciting nursery rhymes. To help your child be ready for learning and ready for life, the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County has pulled together a library of free resources for your use.

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