This week, use your words to make a promise of hope, love, safety, support, or opportunity. Give the promise of education equality by sharing this week’s “Spread the Word” with friends, family, and coworkers via email and social media:
SPREAD THE WORD
This week’s shocking statistic:
In a Center for Public Education study, children who received vocabulary instruction before preschool attended college at double the rate of preschoolers without the vocabulary instruction.
Use words to make education equality a reality: www.wordrebel.org
WORDS HAVE POWER
Words to live by:
“The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.” Robert Cushing
“I found that every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point and the turning point was where they made a clear, specific, unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this anymore. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50 and most never make it at all.” Brian Tracey
WORD OF THE WEEK
Don’t forget to build your own vocabulary:
ACATALEPSY: The impossibility of comprehending the universe; the belief that human knowledge can never have true certainty.
I’ve had the honor to meet yet another day care provider, Ms. Thompson, who embodies the values and practices at the foundation of Word Rebel’s mission. Here is her story:
“My grandson Jalyn attended our day care. I first saw he was interested in books when he started reading at the Doctor’s Office. Every day, it was our routine to read together for an hour. Instead of reading to him, I’d have him read to me. From there it was just amazing. I didn’t realize how well he was reading. He is now nine and reading at a ninth grade level. I try to do the same for the children at our day care today by reading to them at least twice a day.”
We, at Word Rebel, say that our mission is to fight the word deficit between low and high income preschoolers to close the achievement gap before it starts. Our true mission is to empower every single parent to be like Ms. Thompson, and to give every single child the opportunities she gave her grandson, Jalyn.
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BUILD VOCABULARY: Write and tell your own stories. Telling stories and writing memoirs from your life and the life of your parents and grandparents are a powerful tools to pass on your family history. Find unlimited free audio books on youtube or take one-minute to subscribe to www.wegivebooks.org for interactive e-books.
TEACH ONE THOUSAND WORDS because preschoolers who know 1,000 words are on track for long-term success: CALL, CAME, CAN, CAP, CAR, CARE, CARRY
READ FOR A PURPOSE: Ask the questions (common-core aligned) teachers will ask, “Does the main character interact with other people, animals or things? How? ”