Young children enjoy language. The magic of stories. Silly rhymes. Words make fun sounds AND they mean something! They see adults happily and easily communicating complex thoughts while they struggle to make the “r” sound.

Scholars have found that hearing and reading stories influence children’s understanding of their culture and social rules. They provide safe ways to explore strong emotions and to understand themselves.

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In school, children really experience the emotional power of words. They know the pride that comes with praise or the feelings of anger from being taunted. We can help them better understand the complexities of language and its impact.

And as they continue to learn and evolve, they begin to find and craft their own voice. We can partner with them in some of those tender conversations until – well – the need for independence becomes a primary driver in their lives.  So let’s make some hay while the sun shines.

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