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Books for Kids, Books for Everyone . . . The Incredible Power of Literacy

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Books for Kids, Books for Everyone . . . The Incredible Power of Literacy
The program “Books for Kids” is as Mama Lori explained a wonderful vehicle for getting books into our children’s homes and hands.  Yes, the level of literacy that a child holds at a very young age is highly correlated to success in later life.  I want to talk more about the power of literacy as it relates to children’s books.   There are so many benefits to be gained from reading and talking to your child as you share books.  There are also benefits for adults as well.  One of the most telltale research projects about this subject is a study called “Meaningful Differences.”  This study involved studying children and their families for three years in order to determine the level of language engagement that occurred in the child’s life. The researchers found that the amount of language that occurred and the amount of vocabulary learned in the preschool years differed greatly among children.   Children from poorer welfare environments were beginning school with far less language than children from working class families.   And working class families had children entering school with far less vocabulary than the children of professional class families.  The poorer children not only had thousands and thousands less language experiences, but they also had far more difficulty adapting to the stresses of formal schooling.  They had more difficulty getting along with other children and had lower self confidence to take on challenging and new situations. They struggled with learning to read and scored lower on intelligence tests in later school years.  So much of what both children and adults need to negotiate the world is learned through books and conversations about stories, people, places and ideas.Here is an example most everyone can identify with.  The Little Engine that Could is a classic story.  It is about a little train engine that had to pull the train over the mountains to deliver the toys for the boys and girls.  It is a great struggle for the train to do so, but he keeps telling himself to try, “I think I can. I think I can.”  Well in the end, the little train finally gets over the mountain.  He joyfully proclaims, “I thought I could!  I thought I could!”  This Little Golden Book is a true gem.   It encourages every reader young and old to think about how hard many things in life are.   This story tells each of us to not give up easily!  A simple, yet powerful story such as this one gives a child the message early in life that one can achieve if he works hard!  Children need to hear that message often and long before they come to preK!  Reading and talking to children must be pursued seriously by every parent who really wants to have his child succeed in school and in life.  The books do not have to be difficult!  They do not have to be expensive! Parents do not need to be great readers!  Actually the parent’s level of literacy and feelings of competence will grow as he/she reads with her child.   Please help to get the message to all parents that reading and talking to your child is CRUCIAL!!  I will talk more about the social and emotional competencies that children learn through books in my next article.   Parents, please set aside a short time everyday to read and talk with your child.  You have the power to make your child very smart and very capable, starting this very minute!!

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