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We’ve shared several Language Scrapbooking Tips about wordless picture books, and we wanted to tell you about a resource we created with suggestions for ways you can use wordless picture books to promote your child’s language and literacy development. That’s right — you can work on literacy skills using books that don’t have words! Check out our tips and videos in English and Spanish, and visit BookDash for free e-books. Remember to record your conversations about books in the KidTalk app!

Wordless Picture Book “Goldfish Genius” from

We hope you find our resources helpful. Please tell us in the comments: What else do you want to know about supporting your children during the pandemic?

two girls wearing cloth face masks and playing on a green grass field during daytime
two girls wearing cloth face masks and playing on a green grass field during daytime
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For the past 8 months, we’ve been wearing masks in public to protect ourselves and those around us. As schools and daycare centers started to reopen, many parents have wondered whether seeing adults and peers wearing masks will impact their child’s ability to notice emotions.

Luckily, we weren’t the only ones who wanted to learn about this. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison just published research on this very question in the journal PLOS ONE. Dr. Ashley Ruba showed pictures of sad, angry and scared faces to 81 children between the ages of 7 and 13 years. In one third…

Welcome to KidTalk 2.0!

Thank you for being a part of KidTalk Language Scrapbooking for Science. Maybe you’ve been with us since KidTalk Beta, in which case thank you for sticking with us through our citizen science journey! If this is your first time hearing about KidTalk, you’re joining us at a great time as we’ve just released some major updates and improvements to our app. In this blog post, we’ll go over the changes that were released in our update on 9/2/2020. …

When we think of sharing videos and recordings with family members, we often want to capture moments that are especially lively and enjoyable. These are videos that make us swoon, laugh, or be in awe of what our children are doing.

While those recordings might include particularly adorable conversations and kiddie quotes, every parent knows that raising children involves many more mundane moments, ones that we don’t often acknowledge or share with others. The everyday moments we share with our children can hold important information about their language. Think about your daily breakfast routine:

  1. Is your child talking during meal…

Research has a purpose. While it observes trends and the impact of different factors on different communities, research aims to create solutions for real-life problems. Right now, there are medical researchers studying and trialing vaccines for COVID-19, with the hopes of being able to save lives. However, these studies are also facing a challenge: recruiting diverse participants.

It’s important to produce results that are truly representative of the communities we are a part of. In research, data results from participants. Since participants vary from study to study, the findings reflect the characteristics of the specific community studied and may not…

So you’ve created your KidTalk account… now what? It’s time to start making recordings of your child to put in your language scrapbook! Many users have asked us what to record for their scrapbook. The short answer is that you can record anything you want. We’ve compiled a list of some ideas to get you started on your scrapbook. As you come up with your own ideas, we hope you’ll share them with your fellow KidTalk citizen scientists by emailing us, commenting below, or posting on social media. …

Chances are if you’re recording your child’s voice on KidTalk, you’ve been doing this long before the app was even created. As you read this, you can probably imagine the vast amount of “cute videos” you’ve shared where your children said something that took you by surprise, whether that’s a new vocabulary word they overheard at the dinner table, or something they learned at school. Even now, children are using terms we would have never imagined becoming part of their inventory.

The words children said before this pandemic are just as valuable in capturing how COVID-19 is shaping their language…

It can be hard to understand children when they talk. There are many reasons for this. I like to illustrate this with a story about a time I met a young child and her dad in an elevator. The little girl said to me, “da-da day!” and to her father’s surprise, I responded, “Cool! I like Thomas the Train, too!”

Why did this child say “da-da day” for Thomas the Train? As a toddler, she was still learning to use her mouth muscles to make the sounds of her native language, in this case, English. Omitting sounds from the ends…

A child’s language becomes more and more complex as they develop. From single words to sentences, to telling stories, children become better at describing the world around them and talking about events in their daily lives.

Speech-language pathologists often use strategies to support this growth and motivate children to explore language and use more details to describe things around them. Picture scenes are just one of many ways to facilitate language learning. They allow for children to observe details of a picture, and then describe what they see. …

Across the country, parents are doing their best to navigate parenting during a pandemic. Life feels consumed by the countless virtual meetings for work and school, the never-ending list of assignments, and for an increasing number of families, worries about putting food on the table. Feelings of burn-out increase, and you may be wondering when this will finally be over and if your children will be able to catch up with their learning. …


KidTalk: Scrapbooking for Science. Citizen Science project run by Prof. Yi Ting Huang (University of Maryland) and Prof. Josh Hartshorne (Boston College).

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