The Importance of Language and Vocabulary for Young Children
With the Right Foundation for Learning, Children’s Dreams Really Can Come True
Children rely on us not just for warm meals and roofs over their heads, but to prepare them for lives as adults. The actions we take now – especially when they are very young – directly impact their futures.
From birth through pre-k, children’s brains develop faster than any other time in their lives. As parents and educators, it’s our responsibility to feed them information so their brains can grow. The most important things they should learn during this time are vocabulary and language skills.
Children who don’t learn necessary language skills at an early age often fall so far behind other kids that they can never catch up. If a child can’t read at grade level by 3rd grade, there’s a good chance he will one day drop out of school and never be able to find a good job to support his own family.
It’s scary but true.
Read Right from the Start teaching strategies ensure all children have the necessary skills to effectively communicate with the world around them. We train teachers to make the most out of every interaction with a child, to encourage children to speak, to help children experience, understand and use new words and to apply newly developed language and vocabulary skills to express themselves and their ideas.
The Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School developed Read Right from the Start’s online courses for teachers throughout Georgia and across the country. We’ve found it radically changes the way educators approach language education and forever improves the direction of children’s lives. Thanks to generous partners, this training is free to anyone willing to make a difference in the lives of young children.