There have been numerous studies that indicate that a “good” pre-school education is crucial to further healthy development and academic success. The early grades in school require expertise in a number of areas. The pre-school period is looked on as that time when preparation for the school years takes place. In particular, children who come from a variety of backgrounds can catch up with other children whose backgrounds prepare them very well for the experiences to come. In addition to children who need to be readied for school experiences are children with some of the language development problems discussed in Chapter 3, who are delayed in their language development. Others with more severe problems will have special education programs developed for them. In addition to catching up the purposes of pre-school education are to enhance development in all areas: linguistic, social, and physiological. However, we will focus on those activities that are designed to enhance linguistic development and literacy in all children.
KeywordsHearing Loss Phonological Awareness Language Development Bilingual Child Word Knowledge
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