Saturday, September 24, 2011

Child Development Reminders

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In professional families --2,153 words per hour…11 million
In working class families --1,251 words per hour …6 million
In welfare families heard an average of 616 words per hour…3 million

•By kindergarten, a child from a welfare family could have heard 32 million words fewer than a classmate from a professional family.

•By age three, cumulative vocabulary for children:
professional families 1,100 words.
working class families750 words
welfare families it was just above 500 words.

•Children in professional families heard a higher ratio of encouragements to discouragements than their working class and welfare counterparts.

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