Conversations Build Brains

Simple, everyday conversations with children help develop their language skills. It’s not just the amount of language that a child hears that is important. Research indicates that interactive, responsive conversations with young children help build brains. And, the impact can be long lasting. For tips on talking with little ones, read: 5 Steps for Brain-Building… Read more

The Point of Babies Pointing

Pointing is a sign that babies have developed some social and communication skills. To learn more about why pointing is an important activity for babies, read: Baby Pointing: Such a Crucial Language Development Milestone The Importance of Pointing Make a Point of It Pointing can boost toddlers’ language skills, say researchers What’s the Point of… Read more

Beyond the 30 Million Word Gap

Have you heard of the 30 million word gap? Research in the 1980s by Hart and Risley found that children living in poverty heard 30 million fewer words by age 3, a difference which would have a lasting impact. This piece of research has been influential, often cited and used to inspire a large number… Read more

Early Literacy Learning for Immigrant and Refugee Children

Today is International Mother Language Day. It’s a time to reflect on the importance of linguistic diversity. Did you know that: There are over 7,000 known living languages. 3 billion people lack access to education in their own languages. Most children grow up in an environment where more than one language is spoken. Linguistic diversity… Read more

From Cries to Conversation

How does language develop in the early years? This video from Zero to Three shows how and offers suggestions on what parents can do to promote communication skills. From Cries to Conversations from ZEROTOTHREE on Vimeo. To learn more about helping build language skills in children from birth to three years old, visit the Language… Read more