Reading Rockets Webcast: From Babbling to Books
Young children who perform better than their peers in reading do so for several reasons, but one of the most overlooked is this: lots of family talk.
Far too many young children come to school with poor oral language skills because they just don't know enough words. The good news is that helping a young child is simple. By engaging kids in rich stories and having meaningful conversations with them, you — as a parent or a daycare provider or a preschool teacher — can help improve their oral language skills, which will eventually help them become better readers.
From Babbling to Books: Building Pre-Reading Skills is a 60-minute webcast that stresses the importance of working with young children early to develop language and pre-reading skills. It will provide adults who work with young children with research-based strategies that can help lay the foundation for building strong readers.
Delia Pompa is the moderator of From Babbling to Books. She is the Vice President of the Center for Community Educational Excellence, at the National Council of La Raza.
Todd R. Risley is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Alaska and former professor of human development and senior scientist of the Bureau of Child Research at the University of Kansas. He is the co-author of Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children and Learning to Talk.
Sharon Landesman Ramey is the director of the Center for Health and Education at Georgetown University. Drs. Sharon and Craig Ramey are widely considered to have done the most extensive work to date on what permanently enhances development in young children. Their numerous studies have shown dramatic gains in learning and accomplishment as the result of nurturing care in early childhood.
Julie Washington is a professor in the department of audiology and speech language pathology at Wayne State University. Her research focus is language development and language disorders in African American children at the time of school entry and emergent literacy skills of high-risk preschoolers.
Available in DVD format.
Running time: 60 minutes