There was a segment on CNN this morning about how TV affects very young children. Some folks had contended that children can learn a lot from watching TV if they watch educational shows. So a study was done comparing the vocabulary of children who spend time watching certain shows to that of children who did not watch TV. The results indicated that the vocabulary of children who watch TV was not as extensive as that of children who do not.
Studies have been done that show the number of different words used in an average segment on TV, in conversation, and in writing. TV had the least diversity of vocabulary in those studies. And books had the greatest diversity. So it stands to reason that those exposed to more words would have the greater vocabulary. So if you want children to have a large vocabulary..teach them to love reading!!