Most children, nearly 100% of children, can learn rudimentary speech at a very early age. Yet, when it comes to reading and writing, it’s a very different story. Why is that? Our brains are hard-wired for speech, but not for literacy, so learning to read and write means cracking the code that links what at first looks like meaningless squiggles on a page to the familiar spoken word. The printed word proves to be quite a challenge for many children, that is why 66% of all students fail to reach grade proficient reading skills by 4th grade.
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