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The importance of exposing young children to writing and reading

Many parents don’t realize the importance of exposing their babies, toddlers and young children to writing and reading. Too many parents leave it up to school and the education system to teach their kids how to read and write. However, children interest for writing and reading must be awaken at a very young age and to help its integration in the family, educational places and community, it is necessary to increase awareness of the importance of early exposure to language. This suggests that writing and reading should not start in school, but much earlier, and in a non conventional way (different from the schooling system). Moreover, school should not have the monopole when it comes to help the development of language skills.

Research has shown over the past years that early childhood is a favorable period to be exposed to languages, whether it comes to speech, writing or reading. This development period happens between 0 and 6 years old is also called Emergence of Writing and can also be described as children’s writing during the pre-alphabetic spelling phase (Strickland et Morrow, 1989; Giasson, J, 1995; Thériault, J., 1995).

How children can be exposed to languages can be done in several ways, and will often depend of the socio-economic environment of the child, and influences will come from the family of the child or its social environment. Those influences will allow the child to acquire in a relaxed way knowledge and develop writing skills.

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