Day: January 16, 2022

Thirty Million Words

Over the holiday break, I had a chance to read a book called Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain by Dr. Dana Suskind, a pediatric otolaryngologist specializing in hearing loss and cochlear implantation with the University of Chicago Medicine. She is also the founder and director of the Thirty Million Words project. In the book, Dr. Suskind shares her research findings and provides a framework for how parents can provide a language-rich environment in the birth-to-three years. I found this book to be very interesting and thought it would be helpful to share some of Dr. Suskind’s findings in a blog post.  Firstly, why the name Thirty Million Words? Dr. Suskind discusses the relationship between the amount of language

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“Just Right” Books

  According to Scholastic, shared book reading is one way to build a child’s vocabulary and object recognition skills, spark their curiosity in different experiences, and create wonderful moments of engagement from birth. Selecting books can be challenging given the vast array of choices and styles of children’s books.  Research suggests that one of the best means for selecting books relates to the age appropriateness. Babies and toddlers are reported to do best with high contrast board books that are simplistic, repetitive, and durable with their design. Bath and sensory books which are made of vinyl or cloth are engaging for young infants and can be incorporated in different environments such as when taking a bath or playing at the

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  For children who benefit from reading support, this support may fall into one of three categories (reading comprehension, the ability to decode at the phonological level, and the ability to read fluently.) Reading Fluency refers to the ability to read accurately, at an appropriate rate, with naturalistic expression similarly to how people would converse. In short, Reading Fluency refers to the ability to recognize and produce written text with automaticity and ease. Reading Fluency Challenges may look like: *getting stuck when reading aloud *requiring extended time to read a passage aloud (reading slowly) *losing one’s place when reading aloud *having monotone/choppy expression when reading aloud *reading words inaccurately in a given sentence/passage *using frequent start/stop/correct patterns when reading aloud 

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