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What is firmly established by the research is that measurable long-term storage of sound and word patterns begins as early as eight months of age. Children hearing the most language will have the best chance of having the best language skills. There are only two ways for words to enter a child’s brain: through the eyes or through the ears. Since the child isn’t reading yet, that leaves just the ears. -Jim Trelease, The Read Aloud Handbook

CCSS Requires Three Shifts in ELA/Literacy

  •  Building knowledge through content-rich non-fiction.
  • Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational.
  • regular practice with complex text and its academic language.