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Open-ended questions shown to build kids' vocabularies

from Sun-Sentinel

From Sept. 12: A child raised in a low-income household hears 1,537 fewer words per hour than one raised in a higher-income home, according to the landmark 1995 Hart and Risley study. Conducted at the University of Kansas, the research revealed that the average child on welfare heard just 616 words per hour vs. 1,251 words per hour in the average working-class family and 2,153 words per hour in a home with parents with professional backgrounds. They also found that higher-income families provided children with far more words of praise than low-income families. Newer research from Stanford University, in 2013, found that an intellectual processing gap appears in kids as early as 18 months and revealed that 2-year-old children of lower-income families may already be six months behind in language development. more

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