Culture and Language

Planned Language Approach: Background Knowledge

From birth, children have daily experiences with people, objects, and places that they store in their memory. Over time, these memories become more complex. This background knowledge is the basis for future learning, and children gain it through their wide and varied interactions with people. Background knowledge includes scientific awareness; cultural norms and expectations; and other information about the world. It expands as children connect new learning to their background knowledge. Learn specific strategies to support the acquisition of background knowledge for children who are dual language learners who also have a disability or suspected delays. Explore these resources related to the development of these skills in young children, as well as strategies parents and families can use to support them.

Additional Resources

Review Exploring Joan Talks: A Resource Guide for Training and Technical Assistance Providers when using Joan Talks about the Big 5 to help Head Start and child care programs implement a Planned Language Approach.

Watch the Focus on Background Knowledge webinar to learn more about this topic.