TMW Tips: Talk numbers
- Oct 07, 2016
- Shannon Nickinson
Students at Jamison Street Preschool in west Pensacola engage in center-based, interactive learning throughout the day. Credit: Shannon Nickinson.
It's never too early to talk numbers with a child.
Using words that start the conversation about comparison, patterns and shapes is important.
That’s advice from Dr. Dana Suskind’s book, “Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain.”
Research that Suskind and her team at the University of Chicago have done supports research that indicates that the more words a young child hears, the stronger the connections in that child’s brain will be. Children who hear fewer words before age 3 face challenges in developing language and reading skills they will need to succeed in school.