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Do we speak to babies the same way all over the world?

Do we speak to babies the same way all over the world?

We adjust our speech from moment to moment, depending on the situation. Imagine  introducing yourself at an interview versus presenting yourself to friends-of-friends at a party. The way we speak to babies, also, varies a lot from place to place, and even on the baby…

Why do we talk to babies the way we do?

Why do we talk to babies the way we do?

The way caregivers talk to babies can be quite peculiar. They may change the sounds of language, exaggerating intonations or raising the pitch of their voice (like after breathing in helium from a balloon). Or they may change the words they use, like saying ‘kitty’…

How can I increase the educational value of screen time?

How can I increase the educational value of screen time?

Screen activities can be catchy, often presenting content in a way that can pique the attention of a child. For example, children can become passionate about activities or topics that they would initially find boring in other settings. Complementing on screen with off screen learning…

Are apps in the educational category online really ‘educational’?

Are apps in the educational category online really ‘educational’?

When it comes to toys, games, or apps for children, education is a big seller. Yet, there is very little oversight as to what gets categorized as ‘educational’. We expect a product that is educational to have passed stringent scientific testing, but something you find…

How do I foster literacy skills while reading to a Deaf child?

How do I foster literacy skills while reading to a Deaf child?

Reading to a child is a great way to set the foundations for future literacy in a fun way! For example, it can be an opportunity to connect written language with signed or oral language. When reading to a Deaf child, it is important to…

How do I read to a Deaf child?

How do I read to a Deaf child?

Reading storybooks to a child is a great way to build vocabulary. Our everyday conversations are often about the same activities, toys, and environments. Books open the window to the kinds of things we do not see in our backyards, like tigers and spaceships. And…

Do we need to teach handwriting these days?

Do we need to teach handwriting these days?

Most of the writing we do these days, from emails to reports to tweets, is on a keyboard. It can seem intuitive to also start with the keyboard when teaching a child to write. Typing looks so much easier to do than handwrite. Just think…

Can reading be taught through movement?

Can reading be taught through movement?

As a child is making her first steps toward literacy, the focus is often placed on identifying letters or characters. Caregivers may point out a letter or character, and ask the child which it is. Though reading is largely a visual (or haptic, in the…

Is a writing system necessary for language?

Is a writing system necessary for language?

Learning to read and write can seem to many of us an essential step in acquiring a language. Yet, the majority of language learning happens before children begin to develop literacy skills. Learning can begin as early as in the womb! A language can be…

How do we preserve the diversity of the world’s languages?

How do we preserve the diversity of the world’s languages?

It is much easier to find movies dubbed or subtitled in some languages than others. For some languages it can even be difficult to find just a few speakers. Endangered languages are those that have very few young learners, something a lot of us take…