Cristofaro considered the contributions of mothers’ and children’s oral language to children’s school readiness. The contributions were examined longitudinally among 75 low-income mothers and children. Mothers’ 36-month lexical diversity predicted mothers’ narrative prompts, which related to children’s narrative contributions. Children’s narrative contributions in turn predicted school readiness. Mother-child conversations support the school readiness of children from low-income backgrounds.
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 2012, 12, 69-97