My kids have always had a lot of questions. About the way the world works, why do trains go, why did the dinosaurs die? We’ve tried to answer as much as we can and we looked forward to helping our kids find out what they were asking. I’m really excited to be teaming up with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to let you know about their #SparkAMind campaign, which believes –that everyday moments can spark curiosity and stimulate the mind in an instant. Individual moments of curiosity add up to something much bigger – a lifetime of learning. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wants to highlight the importance of these intellectually enlightening moments that make a lasting impact in our children’s lives.
We started reading to our own children really early, probably around 3 months old, and we still continue reading to them every night, even though my older son and daughter can read themselves. We try to keep a print rich environment — we always have a word wall at home.
We also try to give them as many authentic experiences as possible. We love to take them to local museums in NYC (where we live) like the Dimenna Children’s History Museum, Bronx Zoo, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Liberty Science Center, Hall of Science, Museum of Natural History and more.
With #SparkAMind, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt captures these moments and creates a place where everyone can share ideas and find inspiring ways to spark a mind. Every time someone uses the #SparkAMind hashtag on social media, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate a children’s book to an early learning organization to help close the early education gap and prepare children for long-term success in school and in life.
Did you know in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, but in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children?* Another fact is that 61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. **
As a teacher, in East Harlem, I used to make sure my students borrowed books from me to read at home and I also gave books as holiday presents.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt offers the Curious World app, which can be a great learning resource for your kids for ages 4-7 to support early childhood education.
We have a special offer for you. Use the following code to get the discount: https://www.curiousworld.com/marketing/spark-a-mind-special-offer-landing
Early childhood education is crucial to child development. So, will you help #SparkAMind?
For more info:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #SparkAMind website: spr.ly/6017BbZZc
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/houghtonmifflinharcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Twitter: https://twitter.com/hmhco
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hmhbooks
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/HMHlearning
*Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31.
**Reading Literacy in the United States, 1996.