Tag: Early literacy

Research is helping to shape a new vision of early education, and a new set of studies are showing that social-emotional development and reading to your kids should be important parts of that vision.   Reading to Young Children Many parents, for example, know reading to their kids is a good thing. Now, a new[…..]

Summer is in full swing. When you head to the beach, lake, mountains or wherever you are lucky enough to relax, here are some interesting stories and commentary to tuck into your bag.   The Truth Behind the Word Gap – A thoughtful piece in The Dallas Morning News by researchers Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta[…..]

  On Saturday, longtime Thrive by Five Washington board member Jackie Bezos launched a movement to build an early learning nation by 2025, and quickly won the support of leaders who will help drive the effort: U.S. mayors.   At their annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, mayors unanimously endorsed a resolution supporting the community-led Early[…..]

  How you talk to your baby may be more important than how often.   A new study from the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) found one-on-one exchanges between parents and their infant in baby talk, or parentese, fuel early language development.   Researchers learned that children who conversed directly in the most[…..]

  In Washington, D.C., there has been a lot of debate about what works in early education. Now, a new report shows Washington state’s preschool program is having success boosting social-emotional, literacy, mathematics and other core skills among students.   Over the course of the last school year, the percentage of preschoolers in the Early[…..]

Parents place a premium on educational support for their infants, toddlers and preschoolers when looking for child care and at home, a new report found.   An overwhelming percentage of parents said learning activities were very important when deciding on a child care provider, second only to reliability, according to a survey released by the[…..]

  The holiday season is in full swing and that means shopping, downtime, and school vacations. To help, I’m offering a totally subjective guide to children’s literature, this year featuring picture books. The list is far from scientific, though it features well-established authors. “The Story of Holly & Ivy” by Rumer Godden and Barbara Cooney.[…..]

  School readiness is one of the most challenging topics in early education and as the debate rages about what being ready for school really means, it’s important to remember how wide readiness gaps can be.   Perhaps the clearest divide is in vocabulary. By the time kindergarten starts, children from college-educated families may have[…..]