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Closing the Word Gap, One Story at a Time

The Word Gap? What is it and how do we go about closing it?  Perhaps you've heard it referred to as the 30-million word gap .  It's a catchphrase that's been circulating for years.  But what does it really mean? The phrase itself originated from a landmark study done over 25 years ago that compared the language development and reading achievement of children from different socioeconomic backgrounds.  The researchers observed a large group of 7-month-old babies for one hour per day for two and a half years, until the children reached three years old.  Everything the baby heard or said was recorded.  ALL words were counted, duplicates and all.  The results were shocking.  Youngsters growing up in more well-off homes heard 30-million more words over two and a half years than those living in poorer households.  They also heard these words in a more conversational style compared to children in less well-to-do homes.  There was also a strong link between household income and s

The WHY, WHEN, and HOW of Learning to Write

Unlike learning to talk, children need to be taught  to write.  It's not enough to see you writing for your child to learn all they need to know.  They not only need to be taught how to write, but also need to understand when and why  we write, and all the many forms that writing takes.  How do printed words "work"?  What are the "rules" or concepts of print ?  It will take your child several years to learn all of this, and of course, they will continue the learning well into the elementary school years and beyond.  However, there are many things you can do to help them get a head-start and be ready for kindergarten. WHY Your child needs to understand that writing is a way of saying on paper the things we otherwise think to ourselves or say out loud.  Letters on a page mean the same thing as words they have heard spoken.  As we rely more and more on our smartphones and tablets for simple writing tasks, we are no longer modelling writing as we once did.  More t

It's a Fact

The Imagination Library is Evidence-Based -- What started out over 25 years ago as Dolly's desire to get books into children's homes in her home county in East Tennessee, has grown into a global book-gifting program that has mailed over 140,000,000 books and has over 1,600,000 children enrolled.  Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL) mails more than 1.6-million brand new, high quality, age-appropriate books around the world every month.  These books are sent directly to children's homes from birth until five years of age.  BEGIN WITH BOOKS (BWB), the Charleston County affiliate for  DPIL, has 4,788 children receiving books, with 422,237 books having been delivered to 14,225 children since 2010.  In keeping with Dolly's vision, BWB aims to foster a love of reading among preschool children and their families.  Dolly's goal is to get children excited about books and to inspire them to "Dream More, Learn More, Care More, and Be More" Child