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Communication, language, and literacy skills are essential for success in school and in life. But did you know that the first three years of life are the most critical when it comes to language development?

Babies’ brains build the foundation of language through rich interactions with caregivers who talk, read, and sing to them. By 6 months of age, most babies recognize the basic sounds of their native language. And by 1 year, babies begin to imitate speech sounds they hear and can understand words for common items.

Children who have consistent interactions with caring adults tend to develop larger vocabularies, helping them to learn to read and supports later success in school. So how can you help your child develop language and literacy skills? Here are a few fun ideas:

  • Read together every day
  • Sing songs
  • Recite nursery rhymes
  • Take turns telling stories
  • Put on a puppet show
  • Make your own books about your family

Or swing by for story time at thread’s 12th annual Book Party in the Park in Anchorage on Thursday, August 9, 2018, from 4 – 7 pm at 3350 Commercial Drive. Special guests Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Representative Don Young, and others will read Dr. Seuss books during the event. Plus, children of all ages can choose from thousands of free books to take home to enjoy with their families. Learn more.

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