Early Learning Becomes Every Day Learning
As parents we want what is best for our children. The safest car seats, the most nutritious food, a loving home environment, good friends and opportunities for learning that we never had as a kid, just to name a few. We read the books, talk to friends, asked Facebook and Googled into the early morning hours to find what we thought would help our children learn, grow and thrive in this world. For my family it came down to early learning.
What could my husband and I do to encourage our kids to have a creative mind, ask questions and grow in this world they were born into?
We came from a family of early childhood educators and reading was key for our family.
We read to them on their first day home from the hospital. We read with them as they learned to sit up. We read the street signs and billboards as we drove around town. When they were reading on their own and we couldn’t keep enough book in front of them we bought them a Kindle paper white so that they could have a constant stream of books from the library.
All this reading has translated into trips to the craft store for supplies to make the latest craft idea they read about. Or it has sparked the idea to have their own section in the garden this year. Or it has inspired them to ask us to visit far off places and see for themselves what they read about in the book. ALL of this we encourage and LOVE seeing as our children develop from early learners to every day learners.
Isn’t that a goal in parenting?
To watch our kids become every day learners?
Facts that shock me and should be changed.
- In middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children. (Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31.)
- 61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. (Reading Literacy in the United States, 1996.)
How you can help right now.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt believes –that everyday moments can spark curiosity and stimulate the mind in an instant. These individual moments of curiosity add up to something much bigger – a lifetime of learning. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wants to highlight the importance of these intellectually enlightening moments that make a lasting impact in our children’s lives. To inspire us all to inspire our children, to inspire ourselves.
With #SparkAMind, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will capture these moments and create a place where everyone can share ideas and find inspiring ways to spark a mind. It is a great place to find additional inspiration for you and your family! Every time someone uses #SparkAMind, it will appear on the #SparkAMind mini-site and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate a children’s book to an early learning organization to help close the early education gap and prepare children for long-term success in school and in life.
An App For That.
The Curious World app is an early learning app designed for kids ages 3-7 with over 500 fun and educational games, videos and books! They are offering YOU the app FREE for 30 days and then 20% off your monthly subscription through THIS LINK but you must activate by April 30, 2016.