One of the more fascinating facts that came out of the research I did with the Harvard Preschool Project concerns the enhancement of language development. It was not surprising that children who developed superb language skills were exposed to a lot of language during their early years. What was surprising is that it has to be “live” language. Frankly, I have no idea how the young brain can tell the difference between a live voice and a recorded voice, even with today’s incredible audio technology. But the fact remains that a recorded voice, even if it comes from an allegedly “educational” source like “Sesame Street” or a “Baby Einstein” video is totally ineffectual as compared to a real person talking to the infant, toddler, or preschooler. Furthermore, the live voice is most effective when it is talking about what the child is focused on and excited about at the moment.
Just one more reason to get your little one away from the TV screen and bring him down to Romp n’ Roll.