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Did you catch the latest research on the language gap that emerges as early as 18 months between the children of wealthy professionals and those of less educated parents?
I found this point to be particularly useful to share with parents:
Mr. Dickinson said he feared that some preschool teachers or parents might extract the message about the importance of vocabulary and pervert it. “The worst thing that could come out of all this interest in vocabulary,” he said, “is flash…Continue
You may be interested in this article on The Thirty Million Words Project which is studying the potential of using parent talk to close the school readiness divide. Their name refers to the study from the 1990s documenting that a child born into poverty hears 30 million fewer words by age 3 than a child born to well-off parents, creating a gap in literacy preparation with implications for a lifetime.
Their curriculum for parents includes such strategies as reading to a child…Continue
Reading for Healthy Families posted their final evaluation report of a three year statewide early literacy project for Healthy Start/Healthy Families Oregon home visitors and Oregon children’s libraries, which used an adapted version of Every Child Read to Read @ your library to share information with families. See more details and links on our …Continue