CHILDREN UNDERSTAND WORDS LONG BEFORE THEY CAN SAY THEM.

CHILDREN UNDERSTAND WORDS LONG BEFORE THEY CAN SAY THEM.

Research shows that the size of a child’s vocabulary and their ability to quickly connect meaning to those words depends on how adults talk with them.* Libraries provide resources, space and examples during story times of ways that caregivers can help children develop strong literacy skills.**

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. If you haven’t been to your local library lately, September is a great time for a visit.

Learn about ways to celebrate and help us spread the word at: ilovelibraries.org/library-card.

 

* SES differences in language processing skill and vocabulary are evident at 18 months, Anne Fernald, Virginia A. Marchman and Adriana Weisleder Department of Psychology, Stanford University, USA
 
**Learn more about how libraries are using Every Child Ready to Read to model good literacy practices for parents to use with children.
Libraries Emerging as Leaders in Parent Engagement, Phi Delta Kappan article by Donna C. Celano and Susan B. Neuman

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