Going back to school for my Masters in Education has been a humbling experience. Somehow I thought it would all be old hat, and I would sail through graduate school. But I forgot about writing research papers. I have two due on Tuesday plus a presentation on Language Development in Children. Guess what I've spent most of the weekend doing? Big stretch, I know.
I enjoyed gathering the data on the Language Development piece because I found so many great examples of language growth in some miscellaneous videos of children parents had put up online. I've got anywhere from a 1 month old babbling to a 8 year old talking in a fake accent, and the development ramp in between is just amazing. I especially love how children learn to speak in the structure of conversations even before they know the words to say or how to say them. It's the same in reading. They learn the format of reading (how to hold a book, reading from left to right) before they learn what the words on the page mean.
I've attached just a short video clip that I found on youtube. It's cute and exemplative of the way these little minds work.