Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home.

(NPR) When Andrea Riquetti taught kindergarten in Providence, R.I., the disparity between more affluent students and those from poor families was painfully clear. “We would read The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” she says, “and I would ask them, ‘What is this fruit?’ And they would call all the fruits just ‘fruits,’ because they didn’t have the specific name.” Two-thirds of Providence children entering kindergarten already fall short on state literacy tests. Riquetti says this disadvantage in her students would compound over time because so much of learning depends on basic vocabulary.  Read Article

Hart, B., & Risley, R.T. (2003). The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3. American Educator: Spring 4-9, which was exerpted with permission from B. Hart and T.R. Risley (1995) – Download Paper

Publication:      NPR
Author:             Jennifer Ludden
Publish Date:   3.17.2014