EDU270 – Lesson 5: Language and Reading

If I knew then, what I know now…My son’s academic standing could have been vastly different.  I am certain of it!

The good news is that I have years ahead of me to make a difference with hundreds more students who will cross my path.

There is no way for me to go back to early childhood and “redo” anything for my son or my students in the classroom.  The only thing I can do is be aware of scientifically-based research that supports methods to improve the language and reading skills of my son and students.

I am particularly concerned at this point with my student’s growth in ability to read and communicate.

I know that before the age of 3 years old, my students needed to hear the language spoken to them frequently (even as early as in the womb).  They needed a lot of words spoken to them, even complex sentences that they may not have understood then, but would definitely understand later on in life.  I also know that they needed adults to expose them to pre-reading skills – such as, picture (flash) cards, ability to group by sound, and sound for meaning.  Playing word games, singing nursery rhymes, reading books with children, asking them to read aloud, and monitoring their overall progress is essential to them doing better later academically and exhibiting a higher IQ.

So that was in the past.  I am tasked with meeting my students in the present and helping them into a better future.

That means, in my classroom, I lead and encourage my students to:

  • Read as many books as possible (at home and during school hours)
  • Share aloud what they have read
  • Expose themselves to longer more complex sentences
  • Make connections between what they see and what they say (letter – sound)
  • Play word games
  • Use poetry and song lyrics to make connections

 

Because the brain is always reshaping based on what the students are exposed to, it is essential to continue to create enriching opportunities that will only enhance their knowledge and keep them sharp as they grow and mature into adulthood.

 

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5 thoughts on “EDU270 – Lesson 5: Language and Reading

  1. I don’t understand parents who don’t read to their children and then can’t figure out why their kids don’t like to read. People used to think I was crazy when I read to my daughter as a baby, but when she started nursery school one of the first things they commented on was what an impressive vocabulary she had. Today she’s every bit as avid a reader as I am and she’s carrying on the tradition with her own daughter.

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  2. I was always a ‘practical’ student rather than theoretical so I eventually had to drop out of high-school and go to a technical college where the emphasis is learning through practical experience rather than theory. Strangely enough, however, language wasn’t really one of my trouble subjects … though please don’t grade my blogging as I would most probably get an F- xD

    In any case, what I wanted to get to is the fact that in first grade, I was sent for speech therapy as I had a distinct English accent even though my home language was Afrikaans. It’s either due to my unusually high arched palette which they didn’t realize I had at the time, don’t know if that could influence it, or due to something I was exposed to as a baby or toddler.

    What you say makes a lot of sense. The brain is not like the fixed circuit board of a computer. It is constantly creating neural path-ways, linking memories and knowledge to your sensory and cognitive cortex. Even when one area is damaged a totally unrelated area of the brain can take over part of it’s function. It also explains why when you think, you think in your mother tongue, because the ‘circuit’ had grown around the specific language and it stands to reason that your language skills would always be stronger in the first language you have learned.

    The education system is far from perfect, yet every person who goes that extra mile to plug up the wholes where they find them, slowly but surely help to shape and grow the minds of the youth.

    I doff my hat to you, for the passion you put into your work.

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    1. I really appreciate your sharing your learning experiences and overall thoughtful response! This makes my day! Yes, the brain is amazing when you think about its plasticity. Thanks again for your kind words. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach and help to shape lives. Peace and blessings, Davina

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