The Abecedarian Approach consists of 4 key elements: Language Priority, Enriched Caregiving, Conversational Reading, and LearningGames.
During spontaneous, unplanned events 2A provides a template (Notice, Nudge, Narrate) for picking up on the child’s actions or words, describing them, and prompting new words or actions.
While reading books 2A helps the adult use hierarchical prompts (See, Show, Say) to elicit progressively more sophisticated responses and engagement from the child.
In the repeated routines of caregiving 2A guides the adult to attend to multiple opportunities (Care, Connection, Content) to enrich the quality of care to make it a fruitful learning experience.
In purposeful games 2A guides the adult to sustain interactive play so that the child gradually learns to think ahead, pursue a goal, and solve problems.