Thereâ€™s an article in the New York Times about the language gap between low-income and higher income toddlers. A research study has found that higher income families speak to their children more, thereby helping them developing a larger vocabulary and giving the children a distinct advantage upon starting school. Advocates are using this information to try to push for government funded pre-k classes. Itâ€™s a very important subject matter and a fascinating read and I suggest you check it out when you get the chance. However, one small part struck me and had me lost in reverie:
Mr. Dickinson said he feared that some preschool teachers or parents might extract the message about the importance of vocabulary and pervert it. â€œThe worst thing that could come out of all this interest in vocabulary,â€ he said, â€œis flash cards with pictures making kids memorize a thousand words.â€
Instead, literacy experts emphasize the importance of natural conversations with children, asking questions while reading books, and helping children identify words during playtime.
Iâ€™m sure youâ€™re asking yourself, â€œWhat about that excerpt could possibly inspire the word â€˜reverieâ€™?â€ Well, you see, my mother was way ahead of this curve.