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Study: Kids learn vocabulary from parents' actions, not words

from Psychology Today

How do you make sure your child learns the vocabulary that's such an astoundingly good predictor of later success? As a parent, you talk to you child, right? A study from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that it's quality and not quantity of speech that counts. If your speech matches your actions and the surrounding context, kids learn your words — if not, it's just talk. And this study shows that empty talk is cheap. more

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