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Kids need to be good listeners in order to become good readers

Last week, the New York Times reported on a new study from Anne Fernald at Stanford University that affirmed the famous word gap study from the 1980's from Betty Hart and Todd Risley, and showed the word gap starts as early as 18 months. The basic idea is that there's a link between listening, vocabulary and proficient reading.

Kids from low income homes are less likely to be surrounded by sophisticated, spoken vocabulary, and thus suffer a 'word gap' of 32 million words by the time they enter kindergarten. This word gap haunts students throughout their elementary school years, and largely explains why just 32% of fourth graders read at level.

If you're not reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, you're 4x more likely not to graduate from high school. Remember, proficient reading is the product of listening comprehension (i.e. vocabulary and fluency) and decoding skills.

Take the Tales2Go Challenge and Raise Reading Scores

We're offering a challenge to any interested classroom teacher - elementary or early childhood - who's willing to add Tales2Go to their literacy rotation. If you don't see an improvement in reading scores by May 16th, we'll give you back your money.

Sign up a participating classroom by December 31st. The license will cover all school-owned devices in the classroom, plus one license for each student to take home.

Click HERE to learn more about the Tales2Go Challenge.

Please visit us at any of the upcoming conferences

  • GaETC, Atlanta, GA (Nov 6-8); Booth #634
  • AASL, Hartford, CT (Nov 14-16); Booth #827
  • NCTE, Boston, MA (Nov 22-24); Booth #1426
  • Minnesota TIES, Minneapolis, MN (Dec 16-17)

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