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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – A Plano school is teaching preschoolers sign language, to better prepare them for math and reading. TLC School, a private academy, started the program this year. Several studies link sign language with high vocabularies and better math scores later in life.

In a short time, students have learned how to sign words like play, milk and outside.

“They’ve picked it up great. My three-year-old, he’s pretty versed in it,” says parent Phillip Senteney.

Teachers say the program is getting full support from the parents.

“Of course, you always have those parents who are a little skeptical, but they’re all on board now,” says teacher Laetitia Lavie.

“It’s everyday that she’s bringing home another word or phrase,” says parent Amity Elliott.

For now, the four-year-olds are only bringing home new words. But these students are expected to one day bring home better grades by turning the world’s oldest language into its newest educational tool.

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