Reading and Writing Milestones

It is important to celebrate your child’s reading and writing achievements. Encouraging reading and writing at an early age can help your child develop into a thoughtful, literate person. Keep in mind that each child develops at a different rate. We provide information on what literacy habits and behaviors to expect as your child grows.

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