language development
November 12, 2018

Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books.

According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable is thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

October 31, 2018

How we read to preschoolers is as important as how frequently we read to them. Children learn most from books when they are actively involved. One technique that encourages children to participate is called dialogic reading.

Dialogic reading is an interactive technique developed at the Stony Brook Reading and Language Project and is based on the extensive research of Grover J. Whitehurst, Ph.D

Author: Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst
Source: Reading Rockets (article) and (video)
Estimated time to read: 06:00
Time to watch: 00:57

October 26, 2018

A recent study by MIT researchers shows that piano lessons can help develop children’s language skills by improving their ability to differentiate between different pitches.  

Author: Anne Trafton
Source: MIT News Office 
Estimated time to read: 05:00

October 23, 2018

Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs) are tools for measuring vocabulary size and growth. This checklist of words is a tool for assessing the development of receptive and productive vocabulary through parental report and is typically used with children aged from about 11 to 26 months.

Author: Hamilton, A., Plunkett, K., & Schafer, G
Source: Oxford University BabyLab
Estimated time to read: N/A

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October 17, 2018

What is it like growing up with two languages, and how does it affect development? In this article linguists address some common misunderstandings and provide the facts about bilingualism. 

September 26, 2018

Dual-language immersion schools are increasing in popularity. Find out answers to some of the common questions parents have about immersion – Is it true that language immersion is better for their brains? Will my child be confused? I won’t be able to help them with their homework!

Author: Heather Singmaster
Source: Education Week
Estimated time to read: 08:30

September 11, 2018

Researcher from the University of Washington Institute of Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) studied how babies can learn a second language outside of the home.

They found that even babies from monolingual homes can develop bilingual abilities at this early age. Babies can start developing bilingual skills with just one hour of play per day in an educational setting that uses the right science based approach that emphasizes playful social interaction and active child participation.

Author: Deborah Bach
Source: The University of Washington News
Time to watch: 03:17
Estimated time to read: 04:57

September 5, 2018

A 2012 research study found that we start learning language before we are even born. 

Sensory and brain mechanisms for hearing are developed at 30 weeks of gestational age. Unborn babies listen to their mothers talk during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy and at birth can demonstrate what they’ve heard.

Author: Jane O’Brien
Source: The BBC
Estimated time to read: 05:10

August 20, 2018

Research from the University of Maryland and Harvard University suggests that babies benefit from hearing words repeated by their parents. To maximize language development benefits, parents may want to be more conscious of repeating words.

Author: Laura Ours
Source: University of Maryland
Estimated time to read: 02:19

August 8, 2018

This story-time companion for parents and caregivers from the King County Library System has over a thousand short video clips of rhymes, songs and poems. Singing songs and rhymes with little kids makes it easier for them to learn language skills.

Author: King County Library System
Source: King County Library System
Estimated time to read: N/A