One of the advantages of sitting just outside of preschool classrooms all day is having the privilege of listening to the conversations that flow out from each room. A few weeks ago there was spectacular interchange between Jo-Jo and a three year old boy in the Red Room regarding the baby in his tummy! I hear the most fascinating stories articulated in the most interesting ways.
Language absorption peaks during the period of time between 18 months and 3 years of age. Yet as we all know, there is more to communication than just understanding the spoken work. Communication involves speaking with and to someone, getting feed back, and composing a response (verbal or non-verbal). (more…)