From Laps to Laptops in the First Five Years- Don’t Move Too Fast
Welcome to Letter 6 of Reader, Come Home
Here, Maryanne implores the Reader to give small children the appropriate time to develop the deep connections formed through reading – to protect the first two years and the years that come next, to ensure that the “good you are are contributing to the reading-brain circuit” allows the development of every component, in due time.
For the virtual book study, read Letter 6 of Reader, Come Home, watch the roundtable discussion video, and answer the following discussion questions.
While infants cannot articulate their thoughts, they are processing language – from the very start. We now know they need human interaction to develop their own language systems. What might they miss if left to learn from devices?
Maryanne Wolf references the importance of dual-language parents reading aloud in their first language. Why is that critical to the child’s development?
Ready to explore deeper? Enjoy our full Letter 6 lecture.
Reader, Come Home Virtual Book Study Letters:
- Letter 1: Reading, the Canary in the Mind
- Letter 2: Under the Big Top: An Unusual View of the Reading Brain
- Letter 3: Deep Reading: Is It Endangered?
- Letter 4: “What Will Become of the Readers We Have Been?”
- Letter 5: The Raising of Children in a Digital Age
- Letter 6: From Laps to Laptops in the First Five Years- Don’t Move Too Fast
- Letter 7: The Science and Poetry in Learning (and Teaching) to Read
- Letters 8 & 9: Building a Biliterate Brain & Reader, Come Home
- Concluding Livestream by Dr. Wolf on March 12 at 7pm ET