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December 16, 2013
Grammar Teaches Vocabulary

Believe it or not, grammar actually teaches vocabulary. Here’s why: nearly half of what your baby hears all day long starts with the same 17 words: what, that, it, you, are/aren’t, I, do/don’t, is, a, would, can/can’t, where, there, who, come, look, and let’s. This “frames” what your child hears, which allows her to learn vocabulary to “hang” on the frames. Take “don’t”: after “don’t” she’ll always hear something she shouldn’t do. It’s only after she gets the construction of sentences that start with “don’t” that she can understand the meaning of words like “touch” and “hot stove” and “light socket”!


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