Did you know that reading and spelling are biologically secondary? This means that the skill must be explicitly taught, rather than effortlessly acquired? And to think some of us believe we are “naturals”.Around 75-80% of students will be typical learners, however 15-20% of children (i.e. 4 to 6 children in a class of 30) will have learning difficulties.
People often joke that children are like sponges. And oh, aren’t they just! From the moment you connect eyes with your newborn and they soothe to the sound of your voice, they are watching and listening.Most importantly, they are putting what they see and what they hear together and so begins the learning process.
So why is play important for language? Let’s have a look.