Trying to Close a Word Gap, Word by Word

Trying to Close a Word Gap, Word by Word The NY Times article, written by Motoko Rich on March 25, 2014, spotlights, once again, the importance of talking to babies and toddlers. By way of the LENA device, a tiny recording device worn by a child that distinguishes between words overheard from TV or other […]

U.S. Babies, Toddlers Need Food for Healthy Brain Development

U.S. Babies, Toddlers Need Food for Healthy Brain Development Sam, my now 4-year old whom I have blogged about so many times in the past year, announced assuredly just now “It’s a lovely day outside!” as he ate his nutritious breakfast of bacon, strawberries, and toast paired with a glass of milk.  His use of […]

Dropout Indicators Found for 1st Graders

Dropout Indicators Found for 1st Graders Sarah Sparks wrote yesterday, in the blog for Education Week, about the extensive tracking of student success taking place in Maryland.  The tracking recently revealed that the early warning signs of a student at risk of dropping out may become visible at the very start of a child’s school career. According […]

Encouraging Precise Vocabulary in Infants and Toddlers

The above video speaks to the importance of modeling precise vocabulary use to an infant or toddler. Since Sam is only 42-months, one would not expect him to use exactly correct, or precise, vocabulary use of objects around him. He has much to learn! However, it is important to build vocabulary daily (as we know […]

Toddler Emotions: I Wanted To Win!

As a follow-up to my blog post on Thursday — drum roll, please! — the results of the running race between 6-year old Stella and 3-year old are in: Stella won. The video here shows three-and-a-half year old Sam’s extreme magical thinking put to the test. He wanted to win the running race against his […]

PBS and Daniel Tiger: Use Your Words and Say How You Feel

PBS and Daniel Tiger: Use Your Words and Say How You Feel The above link takes us to episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a PBS series centering around four-year old Daniel Tiger, son of original Daniel Striped Tiger on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood focus on social-emotional lessons, such as how to […]

How to Raise a Verbal Child: Lexicon Valley on Betty Hart and Todd Risley’s research

How to Raise a Verbal Child: Lexicon Valley on Betty Hart and Todd Risley’s research The above link takes readers to a podcast posted on June 25th by Mike Vuolo on Slate, a general-interest, daily magazine on the Web offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture, readers. The podcast from Lexicon Valley […]