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Hartland Consolidated Schools

"Young children have a tremendous capacity to learn from the moment they are born, but optimal development hinges on the experiences provided for them by the adults who care for them." "Brain development is non-liner: there are prime times for acquiring different kinds of knowledge and skills." "By the time children reach the age of three, their brains are twice as active as those of adults.  Activity drops during adolescence." "Most conventional intervention efforts begin too late.  A 12 year old child will need between 4 and 5 times more intervention time than a 5 year old with similar reading problems."
"The brain operates on the "use it or lose it" principle.  Only those connections and pathways that are frequently used are retained."
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"Reading is one of the experiences that actually influences the way young brains develop--that is, the way the brain's circuitry is "wired." "Reading to children has a tremendous impact on their lives.  It melds the parents' relationship with the child to the active reading experience.  Sharing a book leads to learning to read."
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