Article on books and learning.

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Registered: 10-15-2008
Article on books and learning.
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Sun, 08-15-2010 - 10:30pm

Considering how many times we have the have vs have not debates, I thought this was rather encouraging to me and hopefully to others. You don't have to have much to give your child a good head start and a good learning base.
For the record, I voted for both Lugar and Daniels, both Republicans, and I am sure I made a good choice..if for no other reason than this.
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20108150337
In classrooms across Indiana, students are increasingly coming to school on unequal footing. Parents, educators, community leaders and policymakers are looking for answers to a complex and difficult set of challenges commonly termed as the achievement gap.

The good news is that there are some simple steps we can take to help close that gap for many of our children.

Over the past 15 years, research has shown that exposure to books in large quantities sets the stage for success, and that children's early language experiences vary widely depending on the income and education level of their parents.

A recent study led by Richard Allington of the University of Tennessee had 852 disadvantaged students choose 12 books to take home at the end of the school year for three successive years. The results found that the students who were given books returned to school with significantly higher reading scores than the students who were not given books. In fact, simply having the books had the same positive effect as if the students had attended summer school.

Other studies show similar results. One study spanning 27 countries showed that children who grow up in households where books are present are likely to attend school three years longer than children who come from homes where books are not present. It holds true in both rich and poor nations -- regardless of form of government or ideology.

Another important research study by Betty Hart and Todd Risley at the University of Kansas found that children who hear more language from early infancy through age 3 develop substantially larger vocabularies, fluencies and comprehension skills than those who do not, ultimately resulting in higher academic achievement.

It can be difficult to know how best to help our children reach their highest potential. Reading and talking to your children are simple tasks and also a treasured educational opportunity. Have books at home as an early education resource. Visit the library. Invest your time by reading books together and talking about the characters, the pictures and the stories.
Let's make a commitment to talk and read with our children and take that first step to closing the achievement gap.

We hope you will join our statewide book drive to help Indiana's youth. Since 2008, we have collected and distributed more than 60,000 books to children and to local schools, community organizations and health-care facilities. We collect these important educational items and distribute them within the local communities to those with the greatest need.
For further information on receiving or donating books, please visit: www.lugar.senate.gov/bookdrive or email georgiana_reynal@lugar.senate.gov.

For free items in English and Spanish on conversation starters and early learning tips, please call or e-mail The Indiana Partnerships Center at: (866) 391-1039 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (866) 391-1039 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or lsilvey@fscp.org.

Additionally, Gov. Mitch Daniels has declared Aug. 15-21 "Parents as Partners in Education" Week. Celebrate by honoring parents for their contributions this school year. Go to www.fscp.org or call The Indiana Partnerships Center for more information.

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 3:07am

Thanks for posting, and it echoes some of what was discussed in the other thread. I guess that Danish saying "from a home with books" reflected some truth.

That reminds me, I have friend who grew up really poor, and whose parents did not have much schooling. However, both he and his brother became excellent students and both finished law school with high marks. I asked him once how that happened, and he explained that his father, a dock worker, loved books and magazines about history. Every night he would sit and read and talk to his kids about what he read. As my friend grew, he would read his father's books and magazines along with him.


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Registered: 09-02-2009
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 8:46am
Thank you !!!! This post made my day - and I am sure Shannon's as well as some others. I would love to read it more in depth and post a longer reply but am just out the door to visit my ex-MIL so it will have to wait until tomorrow at the earliest. Hope this draws some discussion and I can't wait to read it. Thank you again!!!!!!
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Registered: 09-08-2006
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 10:54am

Yes, reading to children is key.

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 11:09am

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I disagree with you, but I'm pretty sure

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Registered: 09-08-2006
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 11:15am

LOL, I'm sure my tween feels the same way.

 

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 11:25am

I am not trying to pick on you, but I have to point out that kids can be exposed to language without necessarily being read to.

The passage you quote deals with kids hearing language, not specifically hearing read language. I only mention it because I think many people get a little too focused on the "must read books to junior." Some mothers thought I was awful and not "stimulating" my child properly, because I rationed reading aloud to her. It is equally important to talk, laugh, tell stories that are not written in books, recount together what happened during the day etc.


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Registered: 09-08-2006
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 11:31am

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I agree and never said they need to be read to in order to get that stimulation as infants.


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You misread me.

 

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Registered: 01-12-2008
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 11:52am
I have tried and tried to just talk to DD at times, and I just for whatever reason muster to do it. I do ask her what she is doing, and tell her I love her a million times a day. We sing songs, and play patty cake. I ask her what she wants to eat, breakfast, lunch and well dinner. If she wants fruit. Is she ready for nap/bed. But it never seems to be enough, at least to me it doesn't. I guess I just have that mommy worry.
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Mon, 08-16-2010 - 12:05pm

Kids in poverty have a much smaller vocabulary than kids raised in the middle class. Some studies say that children of poverty start kindergarten knowing 8000 words, and students out of poverty have a vocabulary of 20000 words. That is hard to overcome.

You are right that children need to see and hear language. There are a few interesting studies that lean toward songs as also being important (doesn't matter the song or the singing voice.) Rhyme and rhythm are important in language attainment. Another important thing is to introduce new words to children, using familiar words to help with context. Kids need to see the words as they are pronounced also. This helps with vocabulary attainment and spoken expression. The old folk songs can also help with transmission of history (Home on the Range, for example).

None of this negates the importance of reading to children. Spoken language, reading and writing are related, but not identical skills. Kids need to see that reading is important as a life skill. Kids who see parents read are more likely to learn to read with fluency (barring disability.) Kids are read to at an early age also seem to value its importance. Reading stories and predicting what will come next is an excellent 'game' to play with early readers.

Additionally learning to write using correct grammar and spelling is important, although even some educators do not agree with that. Learning punctuation, for example, as a writing skill can help with comprehension of a reading passage.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 12:10pm
I'm sure you talk plenty.

 


 


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