A child’s limited vocabulary reflects limited knowledge about the world, writes Esther Quintero on the Shanker Blog.
Children raised in welfare families learn far fewer words by the start of kindergarten than working-class or middle-class children, research by Betty Hart and Todd Risley showed.
Teaching vocabulary alone isn’t enough, writes Quintero. “We must focus on teaching children about a wide range of interesting ‘stuff’.” In The Word Gap, Quintero looks at how to expand children’s vocabularies and general knowledge.
Here’s her animation on why words are the tip of the iceberg and what lies underneath.