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: 03-26-2003
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 8:17pm

I've said of my girls, "I have one I don't really worry about in school and one I don't really worry about in life."

 


 


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Registered: 04-02-2009
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 8:27pm

"One mom that had a son that was always in trouble at school came out and ran over to me, "You will understand what a moment this is for me, he said my son was 'a nice boy, a good student' nobody but me has ever said that about my son before."

 

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Registered: 01-12-2008
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 8:29pm
I try, but I get so frustrated. Then growl, ans she growls back! I'm a SAHM mom too, and I don't get out much (my own fault, but i hate the heat and its hot in Mississippi.) So I think my patience runs thin on some days.
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Registered: 01-12-2008
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 8:30pm
Oh that doesn't sound like fun! I'm not looking forward to those days. I hope she starts to use her words soon.
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Registered: 01-12-2008
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 8:34pm
I'm so glad to hear of a teach like that! I had one that totally saved me, in 2nd grade. I couldn't remember the stuff that we learned the previous year. I asked the girl sitting next to me how to spell the word "get" I was told we learned that last year. I wanted to go back to the first grade, but testing was done and for some reason they, the school, wouldn't let me. Luckily, my teacher was paying attention and realized I have learning disabilities, in spelling reading and math. I started "special education" for those classes the next year and improved greatly. If it wasn't for that one teacher, I'm sure I wouldn't be where I am today.
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Registered: 10-28-2009
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 9:24pm
If it's any consolation, my younger DD didn't really start talking until 3 years 2 months of age. She signed everything, but she would not say a thing. Still continue talking because they do take it all in. If you listened to Marissa now, four months later, you'd never think that she wasn't talking 5 months ago. Her vocabulary is amazing (even if it is pronounced wrong, lol).
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 9:50pm

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Registered: 09-02-2009
Mon, 08-16-2010 - 11:44pm

"It is equally important to talk, laugh, tell stories that are not written in books, recount together what happened during the day etc."

I can remember my MIL thinking I was crazy because I talked to children, when they were infants, all day long - about everything. What color their clothes were, why I was dressing them in a particular outfit, what the weather was like, what I was making for breakfast/lunch/dinner, etc.

I just didn't really get into 'baby talk' but knew I was supposed to talk to them. Well they all started talking early and they all had great vocabularies early but talking, singing and reading are all equally important and you really can't do too much of any of them.

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Tue, 08-17-2010 - 12:55am
I tried that with my dd, and it caused a 45 minute meltdown every time, so I stopped. I found out later that the reason she did not talk was that she did not feel she could say the words well enough, so she preferred not to say them. Once she felt confident that her pronunciation was up to standard (her standard, mind you), she never quit talking.

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