people have been raising kids for 6000 years. Do we really need some buys
bodies with no kids telling us what bad parents we all are yet again?Did I get this right - reading to your kids is good? Wonder how much tax
money it took to tell us that.They have a keen eye for the near
A parent reading a story has a greater impact for good than does the same story
read from a TV program. The parent reading establishes a greater sense of
confidence and ownership than does an animal figure or hand puppet.
Ultra BobReading to your infant makes perfect sense! It is never too early
to get them used to the rhythm and cadence of language, as well as building
vocabulary, a critical building block for future success in school. Read to them
and talk to them. Talk talk talk to them! I AM a teacher and I beg parents and
grandparents to start this practice as soon as possible and continue it during
their children/grandchildren's childhood years. The advantage to children
who have a strong base of vocabulary when they enter school cannot be
discounted and the disadvantage to those who do not have this is so crippling.
I encourage the reading of more sophisticated books than Dick and Jane as
the child matures, because listening vocabulary outstrips speaking vocabulary.
They understand what they hear more than what they can put into their speaking
vocabulary but those words will eventually translate to the speaking vocabulary
as well and when they encounter that word in print as they are learning to read,
they will more likely be able to decode it. How can you know what a word is if
you have never heard of it before?
I think, and seem to find, that talking to children slowly and with emphasis,
feeling, and context, develops their vocabulary. I would avoid teaching too
many words at once and recommend repeating basic words often. Point to
something and repeat the word that idenfies it. Talking provides
the introduction of lots of everyday words and enables CONTEXT in immediate
surroundings. Reading about fairies, pixies and elves does not supply a useful
vocabulary. Leave those things, if you want them, 'til later on when you
have laid the groundwork of communication on immediate matters of interest and
utility to your child. I think, though, that if you can get hold of a set of
those old "Dick and Jane" books that might be helpful to read to little
children, since they build a good basic vocabulary gradually, using basic words.
They worked well for millions of people, although they may lack the immediacy
and intimacy of just talking, loving conversation with mothers and fathers and
siblings. Repetition and lots of love work. Be prepared to spend a little time
and enjoy it. I am NOT a doctor or teacher; believe it if it works and ignore
it if it doesn't.
I'm not quite sure where the scam is, but my belief that doctors are
businessmen tells me that reading to a infant doesn't make any sense except
in the pursuit of profits.Any activity of interface between the
child of any age is good and stimulates learning. But in the case of the very
young the need is for action and participation in short bursts to deal with the
very limited attention span.
wdrobarts: Please take your red-colored glasses of and evaluate the
ideas for their own merit not for the person who passed the message on. Millions
of us know it does "Take A Village" to raise a well adjusted and
socially adapted child.
Start talking and singing to your baby as soon as you find out you are
expecting. As the baby grows, the more you talk and sing, the more movement. The
baby recognizes your voice. Special times.
When you don't have time to read to your kiddos, talk to them. Chatter away
to them about what you are doing, what you are seeing, etc. You are trying to
develop their listening vocabulary in those first years. Talk talk talk - not in
a baby talk way or with 'baby words' just regular vocabulary.
The real facts of life I learned are [if you have a mustard seed of faith] are
God exists, he's smarter than any one and he loves me. The thing is that
mustard seed of faith to speak out to him.
Sorry Deseret, but you lost me at Hillary Clinton. I know this is not the
Tribune, but still......can't stand the sound of nails to a
chalkboard....and that exactly what that names represent to a lot of people