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By the time young children enter school they are already well along the pathway to becoming literate. From birth children are learning how to learn: they respond to their environment and the reactions of others. This making sense of experience is an ongoing, recursive process. We have known for a long time that “reading and writing float on a sea of talk” (Britton 1970). It is through talking about events as they happen and discussing their ideas that children construct knowledge and acquire the language to make sense of their experiences....

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