Children typically come to the reading task with a foundation for learning to read. They have attained a substantial amount of oral language and they have accumulated a storehouse of personal background experience. As with oral language, the child needs to understand that what he reads must make sense. Goodman (1973) reminded us, "A reader, then, is a user of language who constantly seeks sense from what he reads. "
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