Saturday, January 5, 2019

Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain

So much of my reading these days involves parenting books, so I figured I'd jot some notes about them here so I can refer back.

It's interesting how many parenting books rehash what is taught in the first few weeks of teachers college. I've found that most books have an original nugget and then are padded out with tons of the same child development information. What about parents who already know about the zone of proximal development and Carol Dweck's mindset theory? Lots of skimming to find the heart of the book.

In this case, it's all about meeting your child on their level, talking with them, and truly interacting. Yup, got it. The nugget I'm taking from Thirty Million Words is to try to use the word "it" less frequently and use the actual noun instead, to reinforce the word. It's harder than it sounds! Glad I learned that, but didn't need 300 pages to get there.

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