How much should I be talking with my child?

Aug212013

“Why is it that some kids are good at learning language and others are not? And why is it that often children from low-income families fall so far behind in their language development and educational achievements? Is no one talking to them?”
Good questions from a recent blog that highlights new research around the importance of ‘talking’ to young children. The article identifies that children need to hear about 21,000 words per day to ensure their vocabulary can develop at an appropriate pace.

The research and blog supports the same type of questions educators in Saskatchewan were asking pertaining to not only First Nations and Metis children, but all children, across the province.

The solution was a new approach to assessment to measure the extent to which oral language development is supported for 3-5 yr olds.  The assessment goes beyond measuring simply ‘proficiency’ in language development, but identifies the support and opportunities for learning provided in the child’s home, school and community.

Check out what people are saying about this assessment, and how we are helping to bring the same approach to schools across Canada.  https://holisticassessment.gov.sk.ca/

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