Trajectories of the home learning environment across the first 5years: Associations with children's vocabulary and literacy skills at prekindergarten

Eileen T. Rodriguez, Catherine S. Tamis-Lemonda

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Abstract

Children's home learning environments were examined in a low-income sample of 1,852 children and families when children were 15, 25, 37, and 63months. During home visits, children's participation in literacy activities, the quality of mothers' engagements with their children, and the availability of learning materials were assessed, yielding a total learning environment score at each age. At 63months, children's vocabulary and literacy skills were assessed. Six learning environment trajectories were identified, including environments that were consistently low, environments that were consistently high, and environments characterized by varying patterns of change. The skills of children at the extremes of learning environment trajectories differed by more than 1 SD and the timing of learning experiences related to specific emerging skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1058-1075
Number of pages18
JournalChild development
Volume82
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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