Toddling Toward Reading: Selected Quotes
Reach Out and Read
Dr. Robert Needlman: Learning to read is much more than a set of skills you get in school. There is a whole foundation that gets built over the first years of life.
Dr. Robert Needlman: We know from very close study that when parents read with their children they are really teaching language. And language is tremendously important for children's emotional development and also for their ability to succeed in school.
Dr. Todd Risley: The more the child talks, the larger the vocabulary they have, the more different kinds of words and phrases that they use in their oral language, the easier and more readily they become readers.
Dr. Robert Needlman: We know that when children grow up to be successful readers they have been read to often on average 30 minutes a day.
Kimberly Johnson: Reading isn't just a luxury — it's really about your health and a child's well being.
Parker Child-Parent Center, Chicago
Sonja Griffin: We know that the more the parent works with the children at home, and the more involved they are, the more it carries over to the later grades.
Coralwood Diagnostic Center, Decatur, Georgia
Rebecca Blanton, Principal: The program originally began for students with special needs. But in about 1990 we realized that for children to learn from other children we needed some typically developing students in the building and it has worked great because both sets benefit from it.
Dr. Susan Neuman: The special needs child in very early years benefits tremendously from being in these classrooms. They develop friendships. They see how other children work. They learn to adapt and accept their own disability. And they learn to have peers who help them in certain ways.
Zavala Preschool, Corpus Christi
Dr. Rebecca Palacios: I think what people don't understand is how much work goes into a quality preschool program.
Dr. Rebecca Palacios: When we ask children to rise up to the higher standards, or higher expectations, they don't let us down I think that the curriculum that we've developed is pretty demanding.
Denise Caldera: Before I started working with Dr. Palacios I thought preschool was about babysitting, and naps and playing but these kids go through strict curriculum. By no means is it naptime and daycare.
Dr. Rebecca Palacios: I think being a clinical teacher to pre-service teachers is really important. We're seeing a huge shortage because a lot of these young teachers or new teachers leave within the first 3 to 5 years of their teaching experience. They cite that one of the things is lack of mentoring. They are not helped when they come into the classroom.