Posts filed under ‘Language’

Rhyme is Critical for Early Literacy

Mary's LambA recent guest post on “An Amazing Child” blog does an excellent job summarizing the benefits to incorporating nursery rhymes in the regular reading material for young children.   The author references research indicating that children’s vocabularies are shrinking in the US, and the gradual disappearance of nursery rhymes in their daily lives may be to blame.

The benefits of rhymes listed by the author include:

  • auditory discrimination
  • listening skills
  • a rich range of language
  • concentration skills
  • oral storytelling / poetry skills

Read the full article

Other Resources:

Rhymers Are Readers: The Importance of Nursery Rhymes – KBYU Eleven

June 5, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

The Most Important Trait For Caregivers

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Father Son TalkingWhen our first son was just a few months old, our PEPS parents group had an early childhood speech development expert as a guest speaker.  She provided the following simple advice: the most important thing to look for in prospective caregivers for your baby is that they are talkative.  Basically, find a chatty nanny or daycare provider.

For some time now, researchers have found that children of more talkative mothers have larger vocabularies than children of quieter moms (studies at the University of Chicago showed as much as a 400% difference among two year olds).  (more…)

November 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm 1 comment

The Benefits of Family Meal Time

Family MealBeing a parent of an infant or toddler is a wonderful, and yet at times, exhausting role.  It’s tempting to get food prepared for the kids, and worry about yourself later, particularly if you have a picky eater.  However, research shows that families who share most mealtimes together raise kids who are healthier – both physically and emotionally – and who do better in school.   As soon as your baby is eating solid foods, it’s a good idea instill the habit of eating together as a family, particularly given the vocabulary advantages for preschoolers who eat with their parents and siblings.

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October 13, 2010 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

Baby Sign Language

12 month old signing airplaneBy the time that they are a year old, infants can understand far more words than they can speak.  Over the past few decades, research has shown that pre-verbal toddlers can use simple hand gestures to communicate through baby sign language.  In addition to reducing frustration for both parents and toddlers through improved communication, studies have shown that babies who were taught basic sign language have larger vocabularies, increased IQ scores, and better ability to interact socially with other children.   (more…)

May 13, 2010 at 11:44 pm 2 comments


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