The second element to the Abecedarian Approach is based on the way children and their parents interact when reading together (Sparling, 2010). It is act of reading and exploring books together through back and forth conversation and questioning. As so, the young children taking part become more active in the reading, instead of just being read to.Generally, children between the age of 0-3 are read to everyday in one-to-one with the adult, and ages 4-6 read everyday in groups

The second element to the Abecedarian Approach is based on the way children and their parents interact when reading together (Sparling, 2010). It is act of reading and exploring books together through back and forth conversation and questioning. As so, the young children taking part become more active in the reading, instead of just being read to.Generally, children between the age of 0-3 are read to everyday in one-to-one with the adult, and ages 4-6 read everyday in groups

It is the belief of the Abedecarian approach that enriched care giving cannot be separated from education, or viewed as non-correlating ideas. Care is seen as "vital needs that support life and stimulate growth" (Sparling, 2010), that must be adjusted to each child's personal abilities, desires and background or home situation.

It is the belief of the Abedecarian approach that enriched care giving cannot be separated from education, or viewed as non-correlating ideas. Care is seen as "vital needs that support life and stimulate growth" (Sparling, 2010), that must be adjusted to each child's personal abilities, desires and background or home situation.

The first element of the Abecedarian Approach is to engage children with activities and games that help them develop cognitively and stimulate learning. As the Abecedarian approach does not follow a particular curriculum, these games can then be thought as "bite-size pieces of curriculum" (Sparling, 2010).

The first element of the Abecedarian Approach is to engage children with activities and games that help them develop cognitively and stimulate learning. As the Abecedarian approach does not follow a particular curriculum, these games can then be thought as "bite-size pieces of curriculum" (Sparling, 2010).

Young children are still quite new language users, and a limited experience with using and constructing language. According to Hill (2012), children at the age of one/two tend to use 9-20 words, age two/three children can form 3 word sentences, age three/four children can make complete grammatical sentences, and children aged four/five have gained a vocabulary between 2500 and 5000 words.

Young children are still quite new language users, and a limited experience with using and constructing language. According to Hill (2012), children at the age of one/two tend to use 9-20 words, age two/three children can form 3 word sentences, age three/four children can make complete grammatical sentences, and children aged four/five have gained a vocabulary between 2500 and 5000 words.

Here many extra findings and resources on the Abecedarian approach can be found.

The Abecedarian project was a carefully controlled scientific study of the potential benefits of early childhood education for poor children.

This is an excellent example of the element Conversation Reading. The adult in this video is not just reading the book to the child, but is constantly trying to include her in the reading experience and to keep questioning and challenging her.

Great example of how parent-child dialogue while reading children's books!

Joseph Sparling's latest Abecedarian project, 3A (Abecedarian Approach Australia), is being carried out in the Northern Territory, providing Indigenous children with education opportunities and support

Joseph Sparling's latest Abecedarian project, (Abecedarian Approach Australia), is being carried out in the Northern Territory, providing Indigenous children with education opportunities and support

The complete collection of LearninGames. http://www.excellence-earlychildhood.ca/documents/Sparling-Meunier_2009-11ANG.pdf

The complete collection of LearninGames. http://www.excellence-earlychildhood.ca/documents/Sparling-Meunier_2009-11ANG.pdf

This video, featured as a National Geographic documentary, provides insight from the creators and the participants (including parents) of the Abecedarian approach.

The Abecedarian Study with Dr Joseph Sparling PhD shows how underprivileged children can have increased intelligence and cognitive learning ability when thei.

Examples of teachers or adults leading and participating in LearningGames with the children (Sparling, 2011)

Examples of teachers or adults leading and participating in LearningGames with the children (Sparling,


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