Language impacts our social, cognitive and literacy aspects of development. Infants when they’re born cry as a form of communicating soon, they learn if I make a specific sound my mom and dad responds by feeding me, changing me, or picking me up. It’s just as important as a toddler and a preschool that we continue to respond as they develop their language skills. Children also benefit from quality conversations to build their language and literacy skills. I read this article from “Experience Learning” that talks about quality conversation with children as an Early Childhood Education professional I see firsthand the difference when we engage children in quality conversations rather than “baby talk” it truly makes a difference in their development read the article below:
Quality Conversations with Children
Caregivers can learn how to have quality conversations with children with these simple tips to promote language skills at home.
Research has shown that the more a child is able to talk and understand spoken words, the stronger his future reading and writing skills will be.
Help promote language skills with your child at home with these easy tips:
- Ask your child open-ended questions (what, who, how, why).
This gives your child the chance to think about the question, think about an answer and expand his logical thinking.
- Encourage your child to go further in his thinking. When he shares with you, ask him. what makes him think that or what he will do next.
- Narrate your actions. By narrating your actions, you will increase the amount of words your child hears in a day. “I am stirring the dough. Let’s add the eggs.”
- Narrate your child’s actions. For example, “I see you are running your car under the chair.”
- Use vocabulary words your child might not have heard before in everyday conversation, then take time to explain the meaning in simple terms.
- Give your child opportunities to have conversations with other children.
- Take time to talk, ask questions and listen as your child navigates oral language.
Take time to communicate with your child and try practicing one skill at a time to have quality conversations with children.
This article is credited to Experience Learning for more information the link is below!
Quality Conversations With Children | Inspired Learning (experienceearlylearning.com)