Reward your baby’s first tries at making sounds with smiles and hugs. This early communication is exciting for your baby, and your approval will encourage him to keep trying.
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.
“’We don’t want parents talking at babies,’ Ms. Lerner said. ‘We want parents talking with babies.'”
Scholastic gathered 13 children’s book illistrators and compiled artwork along with resources to encourage reading through their campaign:
Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life.
The campaign is complete with recommended reading and activities surrounding the artwork. You can find it here.
WE BELIEVE that literacy – the ability to read, write and understand – is the birthright of every child in the world as well as the pathway to succeed in school and to realize a complete life. Young people need to read nonfiction for information to understand their world, and literature for imagination to understand themselves.
Here is a fabulous Huffington Post article, written by Dr Dipesh Navsaria, about the importance of reading to kids EVERY DAY:
“How important is it? It may be the single, most important prescription I hand to you in your child’s early years.”