In honor of Valentine’s Day, use your words to spread love, appreciation and gratitude.
SPREAD THE WORD
This week’s shocking statistic:
Why do boys classified with learning disabilities outnumber girls by three to one? During infancy, females’ left hemisphere (the brain’s language center) develops before the right; the opposite is true for males. The average 2 year old girl has twice the vocabulary than the average boy. Once in school, girls are more than a year ahead of boys in reading and writing. By the time males catch up to females, they may have not acquired the habit of reading or are already labeled as “slow” and in need of special education services. Parents can help close the gap within the gap by using Word Rebel resources!
WORDS HAVE POWER
Words to live by:
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not” Andre Gide
“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us” Helen Keller
“And we are put on this earth a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love” William Blake
WORD OF THE WEEK
Don’t forget to build your own vocabulary:
FERNWEH: An ache for distant places; a craving for travel.
With our initial 2015 outreach drawn to a close, we are partnered with 60 free and subsidized day cares serving 5,000 low-income children in Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
We subscribed all 60 day cares to receive free and low-cost books from two of our partnering book distributors. We gave parents hard-copy vocabulary-building tips, comprehensive vocabulary lists, a map of local pediatricians that distribute free books bi-annually, reading comprehension questions, and access to nine free SmartPhone apps that offer thousands of free books. Our materials also raise awareness that the most accurate predictor of whether or not a child will graduate from high school is the number of words they know when they start preschool.
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LISTEN TO THE AUDIO-BOOK: SOMEBODY LOVES YOU MR. HATCH online or read it for free in a corner of your local library.:
BUILD VOCABULARY:You don’t need to buy books: Go to your local bookstore to pick out books with your child. Find a cozy corner to read them together at the store. Make it a weekly or monthly tradition.
TEACH ONE THOUSAND WORDS because Preschoolers who know 1,100 words are more likely to graduate from high school on time. Start by teaching a words a day: EAT, EAST, ELEPHANT, ELK, END, EEL, EGG, EVER, EVERY, EYE
READ FOR A PURPOSE: Ask the questions (common-core aligned) teachers will ask, “What does the author first share at the beginning of the story (specific characters, feelings, actions, setting)?”