Before children set foot in a classroom, their main source of knowledge comes from within the home. That’s why one of the philosophies of the Thirty Million Words Initiative (TMW) is “Parents are children’s first and most important teachers.” Many children will know how to say 100 words by the age of 21 months and will normally begin to string those words into short sentences. This is precisely why introducing vocabulary to your child early on is essential. Although it may just seem like baby talk, research has shown that parents who begin speaking to their children at an early age provide their child with a greater advantage later in life.
Guest post! We loved the new Pathways.org video about early language development and invited them to highlight some of the key elements of building baby’s communication skills.
Babies begin watching and listening to the world around them from the moment they are born. By their first birthday, they will be able to understand simple directions and might even be saying their first word or two! But long before this point, babies are developing the communication skills that will help them build relationships and succeed in school. A new video by Pathways.org – “Crying, Cooing, Communication: Baby’s First Year” – gives an overview of communication development in the first year, and offers advice for parents and caregivers on how to help your baby reach early speech and language milestones. Continue reading