My First Book

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Have you ever wonder why some parent's don't like to read books to their children? At 18 months of age significant differences are present between children from disadvantage families and children from advantage families. This difference will later transform into the achievement gap, which is costing the US 9-16% of its GDP. Here it's a small contribution to the understanding of the problem in particular with the Latino population. How can we help mothers that are motivated to participate in closing the gap?

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  • Very very interesting, Nancy! In a Hispanic survey of the Bay Area which uncovered for the first time findings never available otherwise, it could be inferred that the biggest discriminator between failure and success for families in the Bay Area was 4th grade math scores If I recall exactly. The outcomes were measured in terms of environmental living conditions, financial stability and health conditions from what I can recall.

    I think there's an intersection: an opportunity to apply motivation for reading to math teaching that will ultimately result in improved conditions particularly for those Hispanics (so they can catch up with the rest of population) in the areas listed above. I'll try to find a PDF version of that Bay Area survey and send it your way :-)
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  • Thanks Pamela! :)
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  • Nancy, this is excellent. I am going to pass it to a friends Mom who works with spanish speaking pre-schoolers. I think she will find it helpful. : )
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My First Book

  1. 1. MyFirst Book Nancy  Otero    notero@stanford.edu  
  2. 2. Why is SO important for Latino infants to start developing bookreading habits as early as possible?
  3. 3. Significant differences in abilities betweenchildren of advantaged families and children of disadvantaged families is present at 18 months of age already
  4. 4. 30% of peopleliving in poverty in the US are Latinos
  5. 5. McKin$ey ¢alculated the co$t of the achievement gap a$ to be 9-16 per¢ent of the GDP in 2008 Economy Nobel Prize, Heckman proposes socialpolicy to be directed towards the malleable early years
  6. 6. How can we helpmotivated LatinoMothers to read more to their children?
  7. 7. Stanford  Graduate  Student  in  Learning,  Design,  and  Technology  Passionate  about  Early  Childhood  Educa@on  Stanford  Visi@ng  Scholar  for  2  years  at  the  Center  for  Infant  Studies  La@na  and  Ac@ve  Member  of  the  La@no  Community  Experience  with  La@no’s  Parent  Programs    
  8. 8. I created a text reminderprogram and a phone callfollow up for 15 LatinoMothers in San Jose, CAwho wanted to read booksto their infants as a newhabit. But . . .
  9. 9. Mothers complained that their children DON’T like to readbooks, so they WON’T read more books to them… too HARD for both
  10. 10. Motivation and remainders are NOT enough to create a habitbecause these Mothers are having problemsenjoying the activity and making it enjoyable for their children
  11. 11. Mothers  parents  didn’t  read  books  to  them    Mothers    only   interac6on  with  books   was  at  school  
  12. 12. Mothers were afraid ofthe infant touching thebook and in many casesthe mothers didn’t show the pictures to the infants and didn’t like the infant to interrupt
  13. 13.  
  14. 14. An  emphasis  on  the  book     as  a  tool  to  share  high   quality  and  quantity   interaction  is  very  important.  The  first  goal   is  for  mother  and  child   to  enjoy  the  experience  in  order  to  build  upon  it  
  15. 15. To  develop…  
  16. 16. Customized  technologies   that  make  easier  to  read  children’s  books  for  these   popula@on  
  17. 17. Thank  You!    Comments  please  at:    Nancy  Otero  notero@stanford.edu  

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