Sitting in a waiting area at Penn Station, Robert Pondiscio heard the word “Crimea.”
I look up and see this woman reading a Magic Tree House book to her little boy. In about 90 seconds she mentions Florence Nightingale, Crimea, and Egypt. The word “wound” comes up and the child asks, “What’s a wound?” Mom explains it’s “an injury. Like a cut or a broken bone.”
. . . Educated, affluent parents build language and background knowledge without even knowing they’re doing it.
That kind of parenting is known as “concerted cultivation.” It’s very powerful. Can pre-k close that gap?
We’re on a family vacation with all four kids, spouses, friends and the two grandkids. Yesterday, the 4 1/2-year-old asked her mother for a snack, then said, “Mom, why are you hesitating?”