At A Loss For Words

At A Loss For Words

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Drawing on the latest research on development among toddlers and preschoolers, At a Loss for Words lays out the importance of getting parents, policy makers, and child care providers to recognize the role of early literacy skills in reducing the achievement gap that begins before three years of age. Readers are guided through home and classroom settings that promote language, contrasting them with the qmerely mediocreq child care settings in which more and more young children spend increasing amounts of time. Too many of our young children are not receiving the level of input and practice that will enable them to acquire language skillsa€”the key to success in school and life. Bardige explains how to build better community support systems for children, and better public education, in order to ensure that toddlers learn the power of language from their families and teachers.opportunities to practice new vocabulary in a variety of settings as they interact with each other and with their teachers and as they bring home ... references to past, future, and imagined events and to abstract ideas, fare better on reading comprehension tests through the sixth grade. ... As we shall see in the next chapter, the answer is a€œVery likely, yes.a€ Early language experiences have unique power.

Title:At A Loss For Words
Author:Betty Bardige
Publisher:Temple University Press - 2011-02-07


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