Language

Baby Talk is for Babies

Baby’s Hearing By the time a baby’s born, they’ve already been listening to their mom talk for months. Around 30 weeks gestation, babies begin responding to sound because their inner ear‘s finished developing. We know babies are listening to language because before a baby’s even left the delivery room, they can tell the difference between vowels in… Read More Baby Talk is for Babies

Language

Teaching Vocabulary within the Classroom Curriculum

When you’re working with a child for only a portion of the day, it’s tough to hit all the required curriculum and really target vocabulary. Luckily, we’ve got your back and some strategies to introduce and effectively teach vocabulary while simultaneously teaching the classroom curriculum. Wanna teach vocabulary in daily routines & with music? check out this… Read More Teaching Vocabulary within the Classroom Curriculum

Auditory, Language

Strategies to Teach Vocabulary

When we’re talking about vocabulary development, first we have to know how children’s vocabulary naturally develops. Before school, children’s vocabulary grows as they are exposed to language while interacting with their environment. While natural language exposure works to develop vocabulary, many circumstances can negatively affect this process like whether a child is DHH (has hearing… Read More Strategies to Teach Vocabulary

Behavior, Social Foundations

How to Set Behavior Expectations

Children around 3-6 years-old have undesirable (or bad) behavior for two reasons: attention/access or avoid/escape. Older children and adults demonstrate inappropriate behavior for more complex reasons like spite but continue to be motivated by attention and avoidance. Behavior, whether appropriate or inappropriate (PC for good and bad), is all about what works. If something works… Read More How to Set Behavior Expectations

In the Classroom, Social Foundations

Can Social Skills Predict a Kindergartner’s Future?

Yes….mostly. Social competence in kindergarten is associated with graduating high school, attending college, and future employment (Jones et al., 2015). This could be because children with social skills have developed readiness-to-learn skills. They know how to interact in a group, behave appropriately, and therefore are successful in an academic environment. While I’ve read the research and seen… Read More Can Social Skills Predict a Kindergartner’s Future?

Play Skills, Social Foundations

Playing Pretend

It’s important for kids to play pretend because playing pretend is one of the key ways that young children develop social skill. (Seriously and you know how important social skills are, especially if you’ve read this) Another bonus of playing pretend is that this is one of the big predictors of creativity as an adult… Read More Playing Pretend

Play Skills

Top Playground Fail

“Can I Play with You?” is one of the top social faux pas on the playground. Right alongside hijacking and dominating the play group. As adults, we may prompt children to join ongoing play by asking, “Can I play with you?” but this is not how children naturally join their peers. Children comment on the… Read More Top Playground Fail