There is typically an explosion of language between the age of 18 months and 2 years. Young children learn new words every day starting with the names or objects, pictures, people, or other things in their environment. Encouraging language helps the child to learn to speak in phrases, and begin to build on other parts of speech. Researchers estimate that most children have learned 70% of the vocabulary they will use as adults by the age of 3. In Montessori Toddler environments, we provide language materials such as books, objects, and pictures for naming, but also, and most importantly, the adults in the classroom understand the importance of allowing the child to speak and be listened to.