March is Read Across America Month

 In Early Childhood Education

“Reading to your kids may help keep them from throwing fits,” writes Jenny Merkin (Psychology Today; February, 2011). “In a study, researchers measured toddlers’ spoken vocabulary and self-regulation, or ability to control behavior and emotions. They found that vocabulary at 24 months serves as a very strong predictor of self-regulation at the three-year mark, especially for boys.

“Researchers…suspect that when kids can voice their thoughts, they take charge of their situation instead of growing frustrated. Kids may use words as mental tools to figure things out or to calm themselves down.”

“Boys probably benefit more because they are extra-vulnerable to self-control problems to begin with; the boost from thinking and communicating is especially dramatic.”

Well, isn’t this the greatest three paragraphs you’ve ever laid eyes on!?  Dispensing with temper tantrums is as easy as 1-2-Read!

It proves what early childhood experts have been saying and writing for years:  What’s good for kids is good for everyone, including moms and dads.  March is Read Across America Month. At the YMCA Milford Preschool and Round Valley Child Learning Center we are always reading and encouraging literacy activities, and we have exciting plans for the entire month of March!

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Throughout the month of March, if you view the HCYMCA’s new Early Childhood Education Facebook page, you will see lots of photos and descriptions of the Round Valley Child Learning Center and YMCA Milford Preschool students busy with books!  If you have a child enrolled at one of our schools, or are a member of the community who enjoys reading at home, send me a photo of you and your child sharing in the joy of books or post it to our timeline!

Michael Reisman, M.Ed. is Director of Early Childhood Education for the Hunterdon County YMCA.  mreisman@hcymca.org  908-483-4623

For information regarding Round Valley Child Learning Center Programs call 908-236-0055, ext. 4605.  For the YMCA Milford Preschool, 908-995-8107

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