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Building Literacy with Lullabies

Posted by: Rhonda March 8, 2016

How do babies learn to talk? Infants are not born wired to learn a certain language; rather, they acquire their vocabulary from what they hear. It would seem common sense, then, that the more words a young child is surrounded with, the more words they will learn to speak.

A well-known research study found that low-income children, by the age of three, were exposed to 30 million fewer words than their more fortunate peers. Without doubt, this immense word gap places under-privileged children at a disadvantage before they even enter school. It also places a great responsibility on the adults who care for these children.

As care-givers we must make sure all infants and toddlers are immersed in a language-rich environment. One of the best ways to fill the “word gap” is with routine use of lullabies and nursery rhymes. These repetitive songs have been handed down for generations. There is a reason that they have withstood the test of time. Read more.