The Parent-Teacher-Child Connection: Early Literacy

Friday, October 14, 2011

Early Literacy

According to Dr. Barry Zuckerman, founder of Reach Out and Read, "Research has shown that the first five years of life are critical to a child's language development.  Reading to a young child, even before a baby can hold a book, will help the child develop a love of books because she will associate them with being on her mother's lap and hearing her mother's voice."

Wow - that sounds like classical conditioning to me.  How can a kid lose if he or she associates reading with early nurturing?  What a simple, yet important concept for new parents to understand! 

Reach Out and Read brings books to children in doctor's offices who give them age-appropriate reading material.  It will expand to 100 U.S. bases by 2013, in support of Joining Forces, a White House initiative to honor and support America's service members and their families. What better place to begin helping children than with those who must accept a parent's deployment.  Those parents can easily record a story for a child and then have the home parent play the recording while the child looks at the book. 

Watch this video to see the 2011 information:

Happy Reading and Happy Parenting!

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