Education starts even earlier for today’s generation

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POSTED: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 9:34am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 1:04pm

The beginning of life is the beginning of learning.

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Even before birth, babies are learning, said Lori Harkness, director of the Stephen F. Austin State University Early Childhood Lab, which teaches children from infancy through fifth grade.

"We read to our infants," Harkness said. "That's a big part of the day - reading stories and books. It's talking and learning how to absorb that. Book reading is a big part even before birth. We encourage pregnant moms to read to their babies."

At birth, babies begin to make sense of the world around with their movements, eyesight, hearing, smell and touch.

Reading should be a daily activity,

Editor's note: This is the first installment of "Lessons before school," a series of articles detailing early childhood learning from birth to age 5.

Read the full story here.

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