WordPLAY: Do your kids play with trucks, dolls AND words?

According to Einstein, “Play is the highest form of research” but does this just refer to water play or pretend play?
No! WordPLAY, the ability to understand, use and play with language, more specifically vocabulary, will have a significant impact on your child’s success in school and in life.

In fact, as Stahl and Nagy (2006) report, the size of children’s vocabulary knowledge is strongly related to how well they will come to understand what they read.

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Baby talk: a poor or smart decision?

‘She likes your high voice’ a friend of mine said to me once about his daughter. Yes, I am that person who talks in a sing-song voice when speaking to babies.  I’ve heard this voice many times when I am talking to my baby while standing at the supermarket checkout, with people around me smiling (smirking?) and probably wondering why I sound so cringe-worthy.

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My daughter thinks the moon is a ball…

We live in the middle of Brisbane City in a small Queenslander so my daughter’s first words so far have been quite ‘city-slickerish’.  Light (ight); fan, (ffff); ball (ba_); and shoes (sooz) are some of her earliest and best words so far.

So the ‘nature-lover’ in me was delighted to see her pointing up at the moon the other night.  Funnily enough, while she pointed to the moon, she unmistakably announced that it was a ‘ball’.  This mistake made me laugh but I also found it fascinating to reflect upon first words and how language develops.

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Little Birdie Books: A triple barrel name with purpose

Welcome to Little Birdie Books | Language Learning in Flight!

This is our first blog post so it seemed apt to share who we are, why we are here and the story behind our name. We are Little Birdie Books and a rose by any other name really would NOT smell as sweet.  Here’s why:

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