Thursday, September 20, 2007

So much to say - so little time

From birth, your child is capable of communication. Listen to a newborn cry, and there's no doubt she is trying to communicate a need. However, very soon that cry turns to other sounds, and around 5 months old, she is probably beginning to babble. At her first birthday she will likely have at least one word in her repertoire of sounds. Then, over the next year, she will add at least fifty more words to that repertoire and should be able to make simple, three-word sentences. The year between the second and third birthday shows the greatest growth in expressive language. She will begin to ask and answer questions and will gain an expressive vocabulary of 300-1000 words. I love this age in particular. It's so fun to hear what's going on inside those expressive little heads!

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