SUMMARY OF THE SHOW
On today's show, Adrian and Bev visit Reach Out and Read Minnesota and sit down with Executive Director Kris Hoplin and Dr. Nate Chomilo, Pediatrician and Medical Director for Reach Out and Read. Later, Bruce Gale brings us an interview with Christina Li, a Stanford University student who founded Hello World.
The greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and age five. By the age of 3, approximately 85% of the brain’s core structure is formed. The developing brain triples in the first year alone and is almost fully formed by the time a child enters kindergarten.
Sadly, the majority of our investments are made in the traditional education years of K-12, which begin at age five. That’s too late to start.
In the first three years, infants and toddlers begin acquiring the first of thousands of words they will use throughout their lives. At the same time, children are learning the rules of grammar.
At its heart, literacy is about communication, which begins long before a baby utters her first word. Babies are prewired to learn, communicate, and connect with others.