Word Count Guidance

family word count graphic

The Number of Words Starling Tracks Depends on a Number of Variables.

 

What We Say About Words Per Day

One of the biggest variables to consider when evaluating your word count data is environment. Are there any older siblings around? Got a chatty grandma who visits all the time? Even out of home experiences can influence a daily word count – day care is a great example. There are as many differences in environmental influences as there are words in the dictionary, which is why it is hard to average at an “average” baseline word count.

But that doesn’t mean that your family doesn’t have a baseline. To find it, simply let the Starling track your interactions for a week. Then you’ll see what a normal week’s worth of words looks like in your household. From there try and bump up your daily word count by 500. Easy? Try 1000 more per day. How many words are even possible in a single day? That’s for you and your baby to find out!

Quality Words, Quality Time.

The most important thing Starling delivers? Quality time with your child. It’s true. While the data is helpful, it’s a just a reflection of the time you two spent together. So why not make that time meaningful. Relax, and have some fun together.

The Complicated Business of Being Starling

The Starling uses a complicated, proprietary algorithm to instantly recognize your voice, filter out any speech that’s 4-6 feet away, get rid of background interference, evaluate word count and quality before calibrating itself to analyze the next words coming out of your mouth. Oh, and all this before gathering the data for you to view on your smartphone whenever you want to.

Like any other tracking device (fitness, GP, etc.) it’s prone to a reasonable margin of error from time to time. In extensive beta testing, we found that sometimes the Starling counted a few too many words in a conversation, and sometimes counted a few less. Overall, you’ll find that the Starlings interpretation of your interactions is more than sufficient to meet your objective – to encourage and track high quality linguistic interactions with your children throughout the day. And to have fun doing it.

The Number of Words Starling Tracks Depends on a Number of Variables.

family word count graphic

What We Say About Words Per Day

One of the biggest variables to consider when evaluating your word count data is environment. Are there any older siblings around? Got a chatty grandma who visits all the time? Even out of home experiences can influence a daily word count – day care is a great example. There are as many differences in environmental influences as there are words in the dictionary, which is why it is hard to average at an “average” baseline word count.

But that doesn’t mean that your family doesn’t have a baseline. To find it, simply let the Starling track your interactions for a week. Then you’ll see what a normal week’s worth of words looks like in your household. From there try and bump up your daily word count by 500. Easy? Try 1000 more per day. How many words are even possible in a single day? That’s for you and your baby to find out!

Quality Words, Quality Time.

The most important thing Starling delivers? Quality time with your child. It’s true. While the data is helpful, it’s a just a reflection of the time you two spent together. So why not make that time meaningful. Relax, and have some fun together.

The Complicated Business of Being Starling

The Starling uses a complicated, proprietary algorithm to instantly recognize your voice, filter out any speech that’s 4-6 feet away, get rid of background interference, evaluate word count and quality before calibrating itself to analyze the next words coming out of your mouth. Oh, and all this before gathering the data for you to view on your smartphone whenever you want to.

Like any other tracking device (fitness, GP, etc.) it’s prone to a reasonable margin of error from time to time. In extensive beta testing, we found that sometimes the Starling counted a few too many words in a conversation, and sometimes counted a few less. Overall, you’ll find that the Starlings interpretation of your interactions is more than sufficient to meet your objective – to encourage and track high quality linguistic interactions with your children throughout the day. And to have fun doing it.