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Oral Language and the Reading Connection

Oral language is crucial to learning at school, including learning to read. The oral language students acquire as preschoolers helps them connect words and sounds with print when they learn to read. Early language development occurs through the interactions and conversations children have with the people around them.

Encouraging oral language skills development is a continuing process. It is not something that can be accomplished in a month or even a year; it requires time and effort to reap the rewards.

The 21st CCLC community can support students in the language development process. Finger plays, poems, nursery rhymes, songs, being read to, rhyming and other word games, and print-rich environments all enhance oral language development. 

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