Conversation with Babies and Toddlers Builds Language as well as Social Thinking

We’ve heard frequently in the child development news and on social media that back-and-forth communication with the zero to three crowd is extremely important for brain development and for school readiness.  We used to think that the number of words we used with babies and toddlers mattered most to their brain and language development, but […]

School Readiness: Standards Saturday

Today’s standard is:  Listens and speaks for specific purposes.  This kindergarten standard is taken from Fairfax County Public Schools.  Fairfax County is located just outside Washington DC in northern Virginia.  This standard has 24 very important language arts benchmarks that align with it, so I plan to discuss one of these benchmarks each Saturday until […]

Latino Children Make Up For Academic Shortcomings With Strong Social Skills

Latino Children Make Up For Academic Shortcomings With Strong Social Skills Study: Latino Children Make Up For Academic Shortcomings With Strong Social Skills by CLAUDIO SANCHEZ January 23, 2013 3:00 PM   This NPR article on Mexican-American preschoolers who start school way behind their white counterparts, with poor language and pre-literacy skills, is a perfect example of […]