Igniting the Language Explosion: The Critical Early Years

Stories & Songs for Young Children

The first five years of a child’s life provide a “window of opportunity” for developing and expanding language. Investigate the essential elements of a language rich classroom that will encourage interactive conversations, expand vocabulary, support curious questions, and connect language to activity. What approaches will help children who have limited language experiences or few opportunities to discover the joy of books and stories? Find new ways to invite conversations, support discussion, and extend learning in meaningful language activities. Make language connections throughout the day, in play, and with powerful words.