Early literacy is the key to success in school and in life. It is the single most important skill we need to survive. Reading literacy is the backbone of our ability to express ourselves. It allows us to communicate with each other. We depend on our elementary school teachers to instill these skills in our children and I can’t begin to appreciate their contribution in the way it deserves.
But parents and caregivers are the key to building a child’s brain. Dana Suskind, M.D. has written Thirty Million Words in which she details scientific studies that show that the first three years of a child’s life matter the most. Hearing language spoken daily at a rate of 487 utterances per hour is significantly shown to increase a child’s abilities as a learner. That’s a lot of talk and babble before many children even speak a word.