Predictability may help toddlers learn new words


(Reuters Health) – Toddlers may have an easier time learning new words when they hear the words in the context of predictable events, a small experiment suggests.

Toddlers enjoy a ride in a bed-swing in the outdoor area of the Kathinka-Platzhoff-Stiftung Kindergarten (Kathinka-Platzhoff-foundation kindergarden) in Hanau, 30km (18 miles) south of Frankfurt, July 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

“We know that young children in general are very good at forming expectations about what’s going to happen next, and they readily detect when something new or surprising happens,” said study…



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