I believe there is power in the spoken word. When I was a child, my grandmother would tell me stories while sitting on the front porch of her home. Stories of neighbors, families, friends and foes. She had a wonderful sense of humor! Although both my grandparents were illiterate, their love of storytelling left an indelible impression on my memory. My formative years were influenced by my parents, grandparents and other adults whose teachings and lessons have endured in my life. As a child, storytelling and reading gave me a curiosity of the world beyond my hometown.
According to The Palmetto Basics, “80% of brain development happens in the first three years of life. During this period, skill gaps between socio-economic, racial, and ethnic groups become clearly apparent. This does not need to be! Everyday interaction between children, their parents and other caregivers provide abundant opportunities to give children from every background a more equal start in life.”
They go on to say, “The Palmetto Basics are five evidenced-based parenting and caregiving principles that encompass much of what experts find important for children from birth to age three. Every child from every background can benefit from routinely experiencing Palmetto Basics learning experiences. Therefore, The Palmetto Basics Initiative is working through a broad range of institutions to ensure that every parent and caregiver is fully supported by family and friends to use the Palmetto Basics practices in everyday life.”
Those five basics are:
- Maximize love, manage stress.
- Talk, sing and point.
- Count, group and compare.
- Explore through movement and play.
- Read and discuss stories.