Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters in Child Development

Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters in Child Development

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The Language, Literacy, Learning Lab


Brain Words and the Science of Reading
Sep 25 • 22 min
On this episode, I cheat a little and share an interview in which I was the guest- I guess it’s role reversal time on Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters! It’s all about the science of reading and just what that tells us about teaching kids to…
Shared Reading & Storybooks: What’s Up with That?
Sep 9 • 23 min
On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters (#11!) we shift gears once again and do a deep-dive into research methods for studying just what shared (storybook) reading does to a child’s developing oral language and emergent literacy.…
Parent tips and more…straight from kindergarten teachers!
Aug 19 • 17 min
On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters (#10!) we continue with last episode’s focus on being topical and timely- it is back to school time after all! So this week I hand the mic over to two experienced, dedicated kindergarten teachers…
Kindergarten Readiness in the Traditional Sense…
Aug 5 • 24 min
On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters we switch our focus once again to the title of the podcast- this time kindergarten readiness in the traditional sense. We’ll see what some top ranked websites have to say for themselves, and hear…
Let’s talk…attachment!
Jul 22 • 25 min
On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters we switch to the social-emotional domain of development and take on a topic that has relevance not only throughout the 0-5 age range, but for our entire life – this week on Kindergarten Ready,…
Early invented spelling and the developing reading brain
Jul 8 • 25 min
On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters we have our first ever listener requested topic: invented spelling and kid writing! Yay! A topic near and dear to my heart- and brain. We’ll talk about how early kid writing is not only a great…
Let’s talk about babies, speech perception, and babbling.
Jun 24 • 29 min
On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters, we are all about….babies!This week, we shift the focus age wise, and talk about babies and their amazing speech perception abilities and early babbling. And yes I geek out a little on the science…
Readiness and Emergent Literacy
Jun 10 • 26 min
On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters we try to better match the content to the podcast title….and talk about what readiness really means… and emergent literacy! Special thanks to the stars of this week’s episode, Sloan (3.5 years…
Stress, Anxiety, and Uncertainty in COVID times
May 27 • 32 min
In this episode, let’s talk about stress, AUGH… More specifically, anxiety, uncertainty, and structure for children given stressful situations such as, gee I don’t know, how about a global pandemic…Did I say AUGH?A tad more serious this time around-…
Vocabulary Part II: Techniques to capitalize on daily language learning opportunities
May 12 • 32 min
In this episode, I boast of my progress made in overcoming some demons that reside in my version of Garage Band (still a ways to go, but getting there), and we continue the discussion of vocabulary. This week the focus is on specific ways that we can talk…
Language development that really matters: Vocabulary!
May 1 • 23 min
In this first full-length episode, let’s talk about language development, vocabulary, and everyday opportunities to promote learning.I could have called this episode ‘how GarageBand ruined my week’…after days of struggling to figure out why dragging…
What this show is all about!
Apr 24 • 4 min
Dr. Gene Ouellette introduces the podcast, describing how the focus on developmental science can help us understand what really matters in child development in the first five years, and just what it means to be kindergarten…