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Time to Talk by Carlyn Kolker, Michelle MACROY-HIGGINS

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LITERACY

Reading Begins with Talking

WAIT, YOU MAY be thinking. I thought I bought a book about talking! Why is Dr. Michelle suddenly telling me about reading?

Actually, oral language is the foundation for literacy, the ability to read and write. So when your baby starts babbling and jargoning, he is laying the groundwork not only for his language skills—his ability to, one day, speak in entire sentences—but also for his reading and writing skills—his ability to, one day, read and write an entire sentence (or more).

Researchers have shown that, in general, there is a positive correlation between oral language and written language: Kids who are ...

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