Calling all professional early childhood teachers - you have important information about how children develop. Don't hide that under a bushel basket; share it with parents, and fellow educators!
WHY YOUR VOICE IS IMPORTANT
Recently I was speaking to a group of parents (most very highly educated) about their 4-5 year old children and the big "learn to read" event coming within a year or two for most of their children. It was amazing to me that the science I know was foreign to them.
For instance, did you know that, within a few 1,000 brain cells, every child (unless there is a major developmental issue) comes into this world with out 100 Billion brain cells?
Do you know how they grow? Check out Child Care Aware!
The type of talk young children hear is very important to their later reading abilities and how easily they will learn to read? View Dr. David Dickenson's Powerpoint and check out his research below:
The art of reading aloud to children is going away and we're not doing an adequate job of helping parents understand its important. Instead of "wagging and nagging", let's try a different approach (plenty of modeling, facts that are meaningful to families, and a warm, caring approach.
Literacy is my thing but you can probably list all kinds of information you need to be sharing in the areas of emotional/social development, motor skills, concepts and counting, etc. Get those conversations started and share what you are learning through those and the successes you have had with families when you share your knowledge. I'd love to hear!