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Children begin to read in their first primary school years – but the foundations for reading are laid in the early years.

Even very young, children learn to notice and manipulate the sounds of language and learn to recognize and name letters. They can also begin to learn to problem solve, discuss, reflect and make decisions – all part of the process of learning to read. 

Simple rhyming games, singing songs, reading aloud and playing with letters are basic activities that set the stage for learning to read. Fun and age-appropriate games (including quality computer games) can also boost children’s skills in problem solving and language learning process. 

With this solid foundation in place, children can go on to later develop fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension – other important reading skills.