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In the earliest stages of literacy development, children mimic the reading process. They begin to understand what reading is and how it works. They learn that what they say can be written down. As children progress, they learn to pay atten- tion to the way print and books work, and they learn that printed letters and words represent the sounds and words of oral language. They become aware that some words rhyme or start or end in the same way, thus developing phonological awareness. They also begin to share their ideas and responses to texts in a variety of ways, learn that writing can communicate a message, and begin to explore different purposes for writing.

Teachers, early childhood educators, members of the community, and families should work together to provide challenging and engaging learning experiences that will build children’s confidence, encourage them to continue to see learning as both enjoyable and useful, and provide a strong foundation for their future intellectual, physical, and social development.

- The Kindergarten Program, Ontario Ministry of Education

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