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Reading about Too Small To Fail's work with empathy and social and emotional development reminded me of some awesome articles I've read relating to emotional intelligence. The NYT article gives some great examples of teaching emotional intelligence a

Reading about Too Small To Fail's work with empathy and social and emotional development reminded me of some awesome articles I've read relating to emotional intelligence. The NYT article gives some great examples of teaching emotional intelligence a

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Statistically, a child born into poverty hears 30 million less words than a child born into more affluent circumstances. These early language environments dramatically affect children's IQ, school performance and future. TMW is an initiative that's a

Statistically, a child born into poverty hears 30 million less words than a child born into more affluent circumstances. These early language environments dramatically affect children's IQ, school performance and future. TMW is an initiative that's a

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Alyson commented on [Global Conversations] Parents on their Kids' Dreams .

Something else I'm thinking about now relating to William Kamkwamba's story is how we might help parents and children recognize opportunities that could help them achieve their dreams?

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Alyson commented on [Global Conversations] Parents on their Kids' Dreams .

Our community would like to ask: In the developed countries, how do they recognize the dreams of their children?

Thinking back on my experiences growing up, I feel like my parents recognized interest and curiosity before recognizing dreams. As a child I imagined a direct link between these curiosities and who I would be when I "grew up" but it didn't exactly work in a linear fashion.

As my interests were nurtured by my parents they grew into reservoirs that I could tap into as opportunities arose. Early on, these opportunities were simple such as: what book should I choose from the library? Today they relate to career choices and other pursuits. For this reason I think of dreams as a cumulative, evolving concept built from micro-actions.

I see a relationship to this and the story Anne posted about William Kamkwamba who applied his interest into recognizing an opportunity to help his community which later grew into the opportunity of pursuing an education in the U.S. There's a relationship between our interests, strengths, and dreams.

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Alyson commented on The 30 Million Words Initiative

One more bit of inspiration along this thread: http://talkreadsing.org

Goodby Silverstein launched the Talk, Read, Sing initiative and made kid's clothing with conversation prompts printed on it. Check it!