Principle 4: “The Young Child’s Brain” (Literacy Principles #5)

Principle 4 (Part 1): “The young child’s brain prepares to read far earlier than one might ever suspect, making use of almost all the raw material of early childhood.”  Maryanne Wolf

Reading aloud to a young child develops the important structures that are foundational to the brain’s reading system.  Oral language development is directly related to the number of hours that children are engaged in meaningful conversation with an adult.  These conversations as well as the hours spent listening to books are predictors of later reading achievement.  Join Robi and Jane as they explore the world of early childhood.

Wolf, M. (2007). Proust and the squid: The story and science of the reading brain. Harper: New York.

Jane Seward can be contacted at:
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Robi Alstrom can be contacted at:
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