The Power of Words – Building Vocabulary Age 3 to Grade 3

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The Power of Picture Books

Picture Books: Poetry in Motion

Here’s a brief excerpt from Reading Rockets:

July 6, 2015

“I’ve been thinking a lot about picture books and why some work and are memorable while others just land with a thud when read. I continue to ask myself what is it about those picture books that resonate with readers and particularly those that can be shared many times between adults and children, delighting both….”

http://www.readingrockets.org/blog/picture-books-poetry-motion?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ReadingRockets_StrugglingRea ders+%28Reading+Rockets%3A+Struggling+Reader+Resources%29

New Read Aloud Approaches in Kindergarten. What do you think?

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/05/13/new-read-aloud-st rategies-transform-story-time.html

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More Than a Gap in Words

Published in Print: April 22, 2015, as Research on Quality of Conversation Holds Deeper Clues Into Word Gap

Key to Vocabulary Gap Is Quality of Conversation, Not Dearth of Words

By Sarah D. Sparks

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/04/22/key-to-vocabulary-gap-is-quality-of.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS1

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“The “30 million-word” gap is arguably the most famous but least significant part of a landmark study, Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young Children, by the late University of Kansas child psychologists Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley. As the work turns 20 this year, new research and more advanced measuring techniques have cast new light on long-overshadowed, and more nuanced, findings about exactly how adult interactions with infants and young children shape their early language development.”

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Parent-Child Conversations

“This is the challenge of translating science to policy, and when one study captures the imagination of the public, and policy is made based on one study,” Mr. Barnett said. A study “has to be viewed in the context of the much larger body of knowledge about language and family and experience.”

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“Conversational turns are vastly more important than the number of words a child is exposed to,” Ms. Gilkerson said.

 

 

 

 

Update on the Achievement Gap

William Teale (University of Illinois at Chicago, Education) just uploaded a paper on Academia.edu:

Early Childhood Literacy: Policy for the Coming Decade

by William Teale et. al.

https://www.academia.edu/11407858/Early_Childhood_Literacy_Policy_for_the_Coming_Decade

Gaps in 3 important areas:

Standards and curriculum

Capacity of educational leaders and teachers

Family involvement

Dr. Seuss Says…

From Too Small to Fail!

Another Preschool Literacy Resource I Missed

Sometimes I’m amazed by how many good sites/links I miss.  Here’s another one:

https://laughplayread.wordpress.com/

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