A well written article by the No. 1 Librarian about the importance of board books. Definitely worth checking out!
Board books are given to our children at their most sponge-like time. They are learning EVERYTHING.
Source: The Importance of Board Books
Here is a great New York Times Article about the future of reading, and whether reading online has the same affect as reading a book does.
As teenagers’ scores on standardized reading tests have declined or stagnated, some argue that the hours spent prowling the Internet are the enemy of reading — diminishing literacy, wrecking attention spans and destroying a precious common culture that exists only through the reading of books.
But others say the Internet has created a new kind of reading, one that schools and society should not discount. The Web inspires a teenager like Nadia, who might otherwise spend most of her leisure time watching television, to read and write.
Providence Talks is a great organization based in Rhode Island. The voluntary program gives low-income families “word pedometers” that count the number of words spoken to their children under four. The organization uses this information to work with families to increase the word count.
Early results demonstrate that simple access to information can be powerful. In one pilot study, caretakers presented with data on their child’s vocabulary development increased their adult daily word count by 55% on average.
Check them out at their website here.
Here is a great New York Times article regarding the knowledge gap and the importance of talking to children before they can respond.
Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word
“’We don’t want parents talking at babies,’ Ms. Lerner said. ‘We want parents talking with babies.'”
Here is a great article about reading, talking, and singing to babies. It covers everything from sounds to encouraging involvement. At the bottom of the article, there is a chart with early literacy development milestones that ranges from 0-24 months.
Teach Mamma (her blog is here) has a great post on the most important literacy terms. The list includes words like comprehension, high frequency words, decoding, and phonological awareness. It’s definitely worth checking out!
The blog post is here. There is also a simplified PDF that includes all the words and their definitions The PDF can be found here.