Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

In the Beginning

From day one, a child’s brain begins forming connections very quickly - connections which build the foundation for all learning he or she will do later in life. In fact, 90 percent of children’s critical brain development occurs by age 5. 


Top Ten List

TALK! TALK! TALK!  Have meaningful conversations with your child each day. Talking develops areas in your child’s brain for understanding speech and producing language. 
READ! READ! READ! It is never too early to begin reading to your child.
SING! SING! SING! Singing traditional lullabies and nursery rhymes develops language skills and makes learning fun.
Interact and play! Set aside time for your child to play with others and alone.
Choose a wide variety of toys that encourage your child to explore and interact. Include games that require using hands to move, assemble, and disassemble objects.
Describe objects, activities, and events for your child.
Use and explain new vocabulary. 
Explore a variety of indoor and outdoor locations together.
Encourage children to draw pictures and dictate stories. As children grow, offer them opportunities to write original stories.
Set limits to balance digital play with other types of activities

Resources Family Engagement Spanish final.pdf


For more information, please contact:

Kathy Mascuilli, Literacy Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-683-2922

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