Talking Points on Talking: the Power of Parent Talk in Early Childhood

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 and allowing a pause on each page to give him/her a chance to weigh in, continually engaging a child in conversation (food names at the grocery store, colors in the park), and teaching parents to be confident as a child's first teacher no matter their own level of education.

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