There’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. It’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. “The worst thing that could come out of all this interest in vocabulary,” he said, “is flash cards with pictures making kids memorize a thousand words.”
Instead, literacy experts emphasize the importance of natural conversations with children, asking questions while reading books, and helping children identify words during playtime.
I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “What about that excerpt could possibly inspire the word ‘reverie’?” Well, you see, my mother was way ahead of this curve.