Did you know that over 90 percent of a child’s vocabulary is developed just by engaging with their parents? So the single best thing an adult can do is – talk. A lot. Talk with your child, even if they aren’t yet able to respond.
Professor Suskin has already shown this and new studies suggest that two-year-olds with larger vocabularies do better in school:
- Children who knew more words at 24 months scored higher on reading and math tests in kindergarten than those with smaller vocabularies as toddlers
- Knowing more words as a 2-year-old enables children to better understand math lessons with their larger vocabulary and awareness of early maths concepts (patterns, quantities)
- Children with larger early vocabularies were less often described by teachers as showing problematic behaviours, better at regulating their attention and persisting at difficult tasks
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