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1.  Daily chit-chat around the home can help little ones with language basics.

Posted 12 days ago

Discussing books helps children understand the rest of the world.


Talking IS Teaching, but...
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Talking IS Teaching, but...
One of the most powerful gifts that we adults can give infants and toddlers is to shower them all day long with conversation in their home languages.
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2.  RE: Daily chit-chat around the home can help little ones with language basics.

Posted 10 days ago
Listen, I do not agree with the whole language and literacy concept.  Yes, parents should have continuous conversations with infamts and toddlers because it improves their language development, but it also develops trust and human connection.   Parents need to start
teaching phonics and grammar in the home as well.  Encouraging using the crayon, marker, pencil, pen or art brush to help develop fine motor skills, too.  It seems that  our educational institutions are neglecting to teacher penmanship, phonics, spelling, vocabulary and grammar rules, sentence structure, etc.  Why is it happening?  Budget cuts?  More immigrant students?  Lack of resources for both  ENL students and General education populations.  Or, is it the lack of WILL or KNOWLEDGE to teach the basic skills?   All graduate education departments should be teaching potential teachers the basic skills so they can teach their students.  

The concept of LITERACY IS A FARCE! 





3.  RE: Daily chit-chat around the home can help little ones with language basics.

Posted 9 days ago
Parents teach in many ways but putting the teaching of grammar and phonics, etc on their list of responsibilities is not necessary.  Children learn the language of their homes by being immersed in authentic, daily ongoing literacy activities.  As Michael Halliday makes clear whenever humans use language in its authentic contexts, they learn language, learn about language and learn (about the world) through language.  NCTE often publishes letters similar to those we see today that bemoan the language of students and their families that go back to the early 1900s at least.  Children learn about the language in their world through cooking with parents, fixing cars and bicycles, making shopping lists and writing holiday cards to family and friends and of course through talk and listening at home.  Grammar and phonics is learned best in the context of its use both at home and in school as well. In my experience overly focussing on segregating language from its use slows readers, writers, speakers and listeners from using language to worrying about how to use it (when and where) and becoming convinced that they are not capable as readers, writers, speakers or listeners.  Eye movement research involving miscue analysis research continues to provide sufficient evidence ito support this view.

Yetta Goodman

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Yetta Goodman,
Regents Professor Emerita
University of Arizona

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4.  RE: Daily chit-chat around the home can help little ones with language basics.

Posted 8 days ago
Agree Yetta,

Your explanation posted (below) frames language learning.

"Parents teach in many ways but putting the teaching of grammar and phonics, etc on their list of responsibilities is not necessary.  Children learn the language of their homes by being immersed in authentic, daily ongoing literacy activities.  As Michael Halliday makes clear whenever humans use language in its authentic contexts, they learn language, learn about language and learn (about the world) through language.  NCTE often publishes letters similar to those we see today that bemoan the language of students and their families that go back to the early 1900s at least.  Children learn about the language in their world through cooking with parents, fixing cars and bicycles, making shopping lists and writing holiday cards to family and friends and of course through talk and listening at home.  Grammar and phonics is learned best in the context of its use both at home and in school as well. In my experience overly focussing on segregating language from its use slows readers, writers, speakers and listeners from using language to worrying about how to use it (when and where) and becoming convinced that they are not capable as readers, writers, speakers or listeners.  Eye movement research involving miscue analysis research continues to provide sufficient evidence ito support this view."  ---Yetta Goodman

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Yvonne Siu-Runyan, Ph.D.
Past President, NCTE
Professor Emerita, UNC (Colorado)
Home: Boulder, CO
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5.  RE: Daily chit-chat around the home can help little ones with language basics.

Posted 9 days ago
Stephanie,

What do you mean by "The concept of LITERACY IS A FARCE!"


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Yvonne Siu-Runyan, Ph.D.
Past President, NCTE
Professor Emerita, UNC (Colorado)
Home: Boulder, CO
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