Technology is a wonderful source of learning. There is only one issue that comes with all of this technology. There is less time spent talking with your child.
During their first three years of life a child can learn 1,000 words. Without verbal interaction their word bank will be much less. What does this mean?
This means that once your child enters kindergarten they will have less background knowledge needed to make connections when comprehending and listening to read alouds.
According to the International Reading Association or IRA, “oral language: the ability to produce or comprehend spoken language, including vocabulary and grammar,”
which moderately corresponds to later literacy skills (http://www.reading.org/General/Publications/ReadingToday/RTY-0902-early.aspx).
This seems so simple, taking the time to talk with your child, but it is being overlooked due to the fast paced lives we have and because of technological growth.
With the economy being as it is, talking and reading with your child is an inexpensive and powerful way to impact the future of your child! Taking the time to development
oral language will help start your child off on the right path toward a positive reading future.
“Getting an Early Start on Reading” (February/March 2009). National Early Literacy Panel: International Reading Association. Retrieved online March 21, 2010.