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Children’s language and literacy competence does not begin when children enter school ...

Childrens literacy learning starts well before formal schooling, and studies have shown that children are sensitive to speech even prenatally. Parents and primary caregivers [] are highly influential in a childs early learning as parent-child interactions are frequent and ongoing. Indeed, research shows that the home literacy environment (HLE) is the context in which children first acquire the language and literacy skills that equip them to make sense of, describe, and participate in the world.

Dr. Frank Niklas u. a., The Sooner, the Better: Early Reading to Children (2016), S. 1