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Language development programs in kindergarten and grades one through six.
The acquisition of verbal strength starts long before the child begins his formal education, and the schools have little or no control over individuals or institutions who influence his language development. In the home, for example, a child learns the language of his parents, the most influential adults in his life. He also acquires their attitudes toward language, learning, and education in general. He experiences literature which may or may not be appropriate for his level of maturity, or he may experience no literature at all. Exposure to mass media is the direct result of his parents' beliefs, biases, prejudices, and interests. Home supervision of the programming of children's television may or may not exist. Schaeffer identifies the home as the most important educational institution.