Tag Archives: Language development

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50 Percent of Eligible Kids Not Ready for Kindergarten

That news appeared recently here in Louisville, Ky. However, that very percentage has been used this year to describe lack of school-preparedness in children across the United States. My first reaction was one that calls for some actual investigative journalism to answer the question of why Kindergarten classes, by and large, are not ready for half the students […]

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The Tiniest, BIG Literacy Lesson

She looked at the card, then at her mother, then at me. I had given my business card to a woman with a small, less than 2-year-old child outside of the hotel where the Literacy Research Association was celebrating its yearly awards for those individuals making lifelong contributions in support of literacy. My business card […]

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Building Bridges with Rich Language

One of the benefits of wide and frequent reading and the conversation that springs from it is the durable expansion of a strong reading, writing and speaking vocabulary. Children whose writing is simple and inexpressive, or who struggle to verbally share their thoughts, feelings and needs often suffer from a lack of essential language skills. Unaddressed, […]

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Talk to be “good”

I recently encountered an article indicating that school-age children rarely talk with their friends about what they are “free” reading, mostly because they don’t have time in their academic day. Wait! Really? That’s huge! This lost conversation represents a lost educational opportunity, seemingly sacrificed on the altar of what apparently passes for instructional efficiency! But […]

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Conversation Starters…for Babies

“So, how are things with you?” “How’s the fam?” “‘Wazup?” These questions are typical conversation starters between adults. They are first serves in a casual game that invites a pleasant return interaction. They indicate we care about hearing what another person wishes to share. And as we make our way through each day conversing with others, our family’s or job site’s or […]

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Only 60 percent? Surely, not!

I recently reviewed the latest Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (2014) and was struck by the many interesting statistics shared through this well-designed survey about book reading by children and families. For example, 60 percent of the more than 2500 parents surveyed said they received the advice from someone that reading books to children from birth […]

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Break the silence…for a child’s sake

I work from home. I spend my days accompanied mostly by snores from two large dogs and a periodic walk-by purr from a very small cat. It’s peaceful and quiet here. Today I’m thinking it’s too quiet. The exercisers who go by my window are typically alone, as are the young parents pushing strollers. Walkers and […]