At the age of 3, children may start asking simple “wh” questions (what, where, when, who); at 4, you can expect them to start asking “Why?”
Speech and Language and Playing
If you have a preschooler, you may notice that they start to imitate the way you talk. Children this age are beginning to role play and use names as well. They also often mimic the voices of people or characters they see, like their parents. They may match their mother’s higher-pitched voice, or lower their tone to match their father’s. Preschoolers will often start repeating the words their parents say, such as “shhh, quiet, don’t be too loud.”
Around this age, your preschool will also start communicating with other kids, especially when playing. Children, ages 3-5, will learn how to negotiate when exchanging toys or taking turns in play areas.
For example, children aged 5 years old can say “You can play with my toy if you let me use your toy” or “I’m done using the slide, it’s your turn now.”
How to Nurture Language Development?
Now that you are aware of the skills your child must develop in language and speech, it is best if you continue to communicate and create ways to help your child excel more.
Here are some tips and activities in nurturing preschooler language development:
- Speak to your child like how you would speak with adults. Communicate in a clear-modulated voice and use simple words for better understanding. Avoid baby talk as it can negatively affect your child’s language development.
- Listen to your children when they are speaking. Even if you do not understand some of their statements, listen. It will encourage them to talk as well as build their confidence.
- Be supportive. When your child is having trouble expressing themselves using words, try your best to encourage them and help them find the right words to say.
For example, if your child is having trouble expressing that they are tired, try asking “how are you feeling?” “Are you tired?” “do you want to rest?”