Families are Crucial to Infant Language Development Gloria Osborne, Tammy Steele, Rosa Lira and Lori Cady, Make Way for Books, at Opening Minds Conference, Chicago 2019. While educators and publishers have become extremely proficient at designing curricula and teaching little children decoding skills through phonics, we are not nearly as effective at teaching the language comprehension necessary to understanding what children have decoded. This job has been left to families.
If children must hear and use a word 24 times before 80% of them can remember it, teachers will need help making sure special words get repeated. Invite parents to become Literacy Leaders who learn to say what they see their children doing for 10 minutes three times a day. By choosing one conversation starter from The Gift of Words, such as #8 Cook it, Eat it, Clean it up, which is based on one topic, the kitchen, Literacy Leaders will repeat the same or similar words. Each