Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Conversation and Reading

Brain Development and Bed Time Stories

Dr. Perri Klass on family health.

A short excerpt
“A little more than a year ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement saying that all pediatric primary care should include literacy promotion, starting at birth.

That means pediatricians taking care of infants and toddlers should routinely be advising parents about how important it is to read to even very young children. The policy statement, which I wrote with Dr. Pamela C. High, included a review of the extensive research on the links between growing up with books and reading aloud, and later language development and school success”

Dialogic Reading:

Dialogic Reading: An Effective Way to Read to Preschoolers  By: Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst
A short excerpt:

“Dialogic reading works. Children who have been read to dialogically are substantially ahead of children who have been read to traditionally on tests of language development. Children can jump ahead by several months in just a few weeks of dialogic reading.  From Reading Rockets

Over a third of children in the U.S. enter school unprepared to learn. They lack the vocabulary, sentence structure, and other basic skills that are required to do well in school. Children who start behind generally stay behind – they drop out, they turn off. Their lives are at risk.

Why are so many children deficient in the skills that are critical to school readiness?

Children's experience with books plays an important role. Many children enter school with thousands of hours of experience with books. Their homes contain hundreds of picture books. They see their parents and brothers and sisters reading for pleasure. Other children enter school with fewer than 25 hours of shared book reading. There are few if any children's books in their homes. Their parents and siblings aren't readers….”
Some video examples of Dialogic Reading

One with One Reading: “Machines at Work”

Small Group Reading:  “Something From Nothing”

 Reading stories to 2 and 3 year olds:  “Goodnight Gorilla”   



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