The language development that takes place during early childhood is truly amazing. It was startling to realize that language is a natural development. For example children use the past tense of verbs without being taught. Although language is something that develops naturally a child greatly benefits from being part of everyday conversations with parents. In this chapter the language of different social classes was discussed. “An average child from a professional family hears 32 affirmations and 5 disapprovals per hour, from a working class family a child hears 12 affirmations and 7 disapprovals per hour, and from a welfare family a child hears 5 affirmations and 11 disapprovals.” It is very clear to strengthen child’s vocabulary it is important that conversations are positive, used to encourage and to give praise which build a child’s self esteem.
This chapter was valuable. It helps us as teachers to better see and understand where each child is in the language process.
Janet Steever & Lindsay Francese