Talking is Teaching Archives - Pickens County First Steps

Why You Need to Know About the Word Gap + 7 SIMPLE Ways to Make a Difference

In 1995, a famous study* found that lower-income children are exposed to 30 million fewer words than their higher-income peers. Research since then consistently confirms this “word gap” that exists among young children.

30 million words.

Think about the implications. Children who don’t have as many words in their “word bank” are less ready for school, less prepared for academic success, and less able to follow instructions.

“Quality early experiences” isn’t simply a idealistic notion touted by educators and advocates. Early experiences matter because they prepare developing brains and bodies for life.

“[I CAN] be ready for school”: 7 Everyday Ways to Build a Literacy Foundation

This week we’re talking about everyday ways to build a literacy foundation.

We believe that simple practices create lasting foundations. School readiness and life readiness go hand in hand. So why not begin blending the two when children are young?

Literacy building blocks are some of the easiest readiness components to blend into the everyday. Which is good. Because a strong literacy foundation lays the groundwork for so much of learning!

Before we begin, know that literacy readiness does not mean your kindergartener is reading. Rather, it means that he or she should have a “pre […]

3 Simple Ways to Turn Everyday Tasks into Learning Opportunities

Recently my family subscribed to a meal subscription service just for fun. A cooler box arrived on my doorstep with the recipes and ingredients, all labeled and measured, for two delicious meals.

While we still had to do the actual cooking and cleaning up, it was a nice break from figuring out what to fix for dinner and a fun way to try new dishes. Best of all, it was a great opportunity to include my kids in the kitchen. My son told me afterward that cooking together was his favorite part of the day.

Though my children are no […]

The Superpower You Didn’t Know You Had: How Talking is Teaching

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When I brought my first baby home from the hospital, I found myself talking to her throughout the day about things she couldn’t possibly understand:

Should Mommy order a latte or a cappuccino today?

Would you like to wear your pink onesie or the green one?

I chatted with her as I changed diapers, as I fed her, as I got her dressed and undressed. I made up ridiculous songs like it was my job. {And hoped that someone wasn’t secretly taping all of my crazy new-mom antics.}

At the time, I didn’t realize that our […]