In the past, it was thought that children learned to speak by imitating their primary caregivers. Imitation is an important component of language acquisition, but more recently, linguistic studies have shown that children are ”pre-wired” from birth to acquire a spoken language. Caregivers merely facilitate the process and guide children along during language acquisition. By the time children are three, they should have a firm grasp of spoken language.
Educators have discovered that the ease or difficulty a child experiences in language acquisition is closely tied to their ability to learn to read and write. If parents notice their child is having difficulty learning to speak, early intervention will prevent their child from falling behind when they begin learning to read and write.
Development of the brain doesn’t stop after a child is born. Many areas of the brain are still forming important synaptic pathways. An infant’s brain is like a blank canvas and a rich learning environment are the paint strokes.
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