Washington: Research has shown that language plays an important role in ensuring child’s success in later years. The more skills children bring with them to kindergarten – in basic math, reading, even friendship, and cooperation – the more likely they will succeed in those same areas in school. Now, according to a University of Washington-led study, it’s time to add language to that mix of skills, said a new University of Washington-led study. Not only does a child’s use of vocabulary and grammar predict future proficiency with the spoken and written word, but it also affects performance in other subject areas. Language, in other words, supports academic and social success, said researcher Amy Pace. “A lot of other research focuses on math, science, and literacy, and they don’t even consider that language could be playing a role,” she said. “But really, it emerges as a strong predictor across subject areas. Why do kids succeed in math, for example? Part of it could be having a strong math vocabulary.” The study was the first to look at a comprehensive set of school readiness skills and to try to determine what is the most solid predictor of a child’s later success. Language… Read full this story
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