Category Archives: Fast Facts

Literacy Fast Fact – Mirrors and Windows

Recently all of the Joint Chiefs had the opportunity to present on various topics at the Nevada Library Association Conference. We also had the distinct pleasure of attending a presentation on diverse library collections presented by Angie Manfredi. In her presentation, she talked about the origin of the idea that children need to both read about worlds different from their own (“windows”) and read about experiences like theirs and children like them (“mirrors”). I admit I didn’t know that the idea was first explored by ¬†Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop in her paper “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” and was originally published in 1990. Thank you, Angie, for giving credit where credit is most certainly due!

 

 

 

Literacy Fast Fact: Early Relationships Matter

Studies show that the relationships we have when we’re young with the adult caregivers in our lives make a difference in how we learn. Having loving caregivers who meet a child’s needs and provide stability and support¬†goes a long way towards buffering toxic stress that can have a long-term impact on learning and growth.

 

Children who feel loved, safe and happy are better learners.

 

Learn more about the importance of early relationships in this article from Zero to Three.