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A podcast about child development, birth-to-five, where we explore what really matters, and what it really means to be kindergarten ready.
It's a podcast devoted to understanding and nurturing child development, as guided by developmental science, theory, and research.
Hosted by Dr. Gene Ouellette, Director of the Language, Literacy, Learning Lab at Mount Allison University, Professor of (developmental and educational) psychology, Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, researcher, author, former Speech Language Pathologist....... (and father, husband, soccer coach, and lover of weinerdogs too!).
www.kindergartenreadywhatreallymatters.com
email: languageliteracylearninglab@gmail.com

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Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters in Child Development Dr. Gene Ouellette

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A podcast about child development, birth-to-five, where we explore what really matters, and what it really means to be kindergarten ready.
It's a podcast devoted to understanding and nurturing child development, as guided by developmental science, theory, and research.
Hosted by Dr. Gene Ouellette, Director of the Language, Literacy, Learning Lab at Mount Allison University, Professor of (developmental and educational) psychology, Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, researcher, author, former Speech Language Pathologist....... (and father, husband, soccer coach, and lover of weinerdogs too!).
www.kindergartenreadywhatreallymatters.com
email: languageliteracylearninglab@gmail.com

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    Brain Words and the Science of Reading

    Brain Words and the Science of Reading

    On this episode, I cheat a little and share an interview in which I was the guest- I guess it's role reversal time on Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters! It's all about the science of reading and just what that tells us about teaching kids to read.
    More about Brain Words:
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/raising-readers-writers-and-spellers/201902/brain-words-solution-america-s-reading-problem
    https://www.mta.ca/Community/News/2019/April_2019/Brain_Words_%E2%80%94_the_psychology_of_learning_to_read/
    Full interview can be found here:
    https://pacificeducationpulse.simplecast.com/episodes/4-ep04-rethinking-reading-instruction-using-brain-words


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    • 22 min
    Shared Reading & Storybooks: What's Up with That?

    Shared Reading & Storybooks: What's Up with That?

    On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters (#11!) we shift gears once again and do a deep-dive into research methods for studying just what shared (storybook) reading does to a child’s developing oral language and emergent literacy.
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    References this week all come from the lab of Monique Sénéchal at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
    Sénéchal, M., & LeFevre, J. (2002). Parental involvement in the development of children’s reading skill: A 5-year longitudinal study. Child Development, 73, 445-460.
    Sénéchal, M., LeFevre, J.-A., Thomas, E., & Daley, K. (1998). Differential effects of home literacy experiences on the development of oral and written language. Reading Research Quarterly, 32, 96-116.
    Sénéchal, M. (1997). The differential effect of storybook reading on preschooler’s expressive and receptive vocabulary acquisition. Journal of Child Language, 24, 123-138.
    Sénéchal, M., & Cornell, E.H. (1993). Vocabulary acquisition through shared reading experiences. Reading Research Quarterly, 28, 360-374.
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    As always, please feel free to reach out with comments, suggestions, and maybe sound clips of your kids even! Can’t promise I’ll always reply promptly, but I’ll try....
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    • 23 min
    Parent tips and more...straight from kindergarten teachers!

    Parent tips and more...straight from kindergarten teachers!

    On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters (#10!) we continue with last episode’s focus on being topical and timely- it is back to school time after all! So this week I hand the mic over to two experienced, dedicated kindergarten teachers who share their thoughts on kindergarten readiness and provide many thoughtful tips for parents.
     
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    • 17 min
    Kindergarten Readiness in the Traditional Sense...

    Kindergarten Readiness in the Traditional Sense...

    On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters we switch our focus once again to the title of the podcast- this time kindergarten readiness in the traditional sense. We’ll see what some top ranked websites have to say for themselves, and hear from a real life kindergarten teacher too…yes a real life one…  
     
     
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    Richard Gentry’s post about our show: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/raising-readers-writers-and-spellers/202007/science-early-literacy-learning-really-matters
    Websites reviewed…
    https://www.scholastic.com/parents/school-success/school-life/grade-by-grade/preparing-kindergarten.html
    https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/signs-symptoms/academic-readiness/skills-kids-need-going-into-kindergarten
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/kindergarten-readiness/art-20048432
     
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    • 24 min
    Let's talk...attachment!

    Let's talk...attachment!

    On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters we switch to the social-emotional domain of development and take on a topic that has relevance not only throughout the 0-5 age range, but for our entire life – this week on Kindergarten Ready, it’s all about attachment!
     
     
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    • 25 min
    Early invented spelling and the developing reading brain

    Early invented spelling and the developing reading brain

    On this episode of Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters we have our first ever listener requested topic: invented spelling and kid writing! Yay! A topic near and dear to my heart- and brain. We’ll talk about how early kid writing is not only a great gateway to learning to read, it actually directly tells us about the child’s developing brain!
     
    References & Links:
    Richard Gentry Phases of Spelling: http://bpsassets.weebly.com/uploads/9/9/3/2/9932784/gentry.pdf
    Some of my related research:
    Ouellette, G., Martin-Chang, S., & Rossi, M. (2018). Learning from our mistakes: Improvements in spelling lead to gains in reading speed. Scientific Studies of Reading, 21, 350-357.   Ouellette, G., & Sénéchal, M. (2017). Invented spelling in Kindergarten as a predictor of reading and spelling in Grade 1: A new pathway to literacy, or just the same road, less known? Developmental Psychology, 53, 77-88.Ouellette, G., Sénéchal, M., & Haley, A. (2013). Guiding children's invented spellings: A gateway into literacy learning. Journal of Experimental Education, 81, 261-279.Sénéchal, M., Ouellette, G., Pagan, S., & Lever, R. (2012).  The role of invented spelling on learning to read in low-phoneme-awareness kindergartners: A randomized-control-trial  study. Reading and Writing, 25, 917-934._________________________________________
    As always, please feel free to reach out with comments, suggestions, and maybe sound clips of your kids even!
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

VivkaRaabster ,

Exactly what I was looking for!

This podcast was exactly what I have been looking for on this topic, and is so interesting and informative! I will be re-listening to the episodes but would love more!!!!!!

Tatertotters ,

Amazing Podcast

I’m loving this podcast as a parent of a kindergarten student and a early childhood educator. This podcast is easy to listen to, research based, and informative for parents and educators. I would love more episodes.

Miesthecat ,

Kindergarten Ready is ready for prime time!

Dr. Gene Ouellette’s new podcast will, I believe, be a great success with its basis in science and Gene’s natural, relaxing voice guiding the way. Best of luck and I am certain, others will appreciate this series as it goes forward.

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