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?”
- Help build their communication skills. Ask your child questions that can be answered by a “yes” or “no,” and work your way until your child can answer complex questions. Your child will eventually learn how to answer in full sentences.
- Grow their vocabulary. Expand your child’s vocabulary by reading stories or watching educational videos. This technique is a fun way in nurturing preschooler language development; however, watching educational shows only work if they are in an active conversation with an adult.
- Reading is the key to learning. Reading stories aloud helps your child improve their skills in vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Read stories that would cater to your child’s interests. This will help them share their insights.
- Making learning fun with songs and rhymes. Singing nursery rhymes with your child also helps in nurturing preschooler language development. Nursery rhymes are also fun and will be enjoyed by your child.
- Play. Play games such as “I spy with my little eye” to hone their skills in describing things around them.
- Mealtime bonding. Include your children in mealtime conversations. This approach will help them feel that they belong and that they have the opportunity to share their thoughts.
Nurturing preschooler language development entails helping your child learn how to freely express themselves using spoken language. Parents need patience when communicating with their children since they are still trying hard to find the right words to say.
However, this is truly an exciting time as you can now listen and learn what your child thinks and how they perceive the world around them. From simply cooing and babbling, your kids now are able to engage and converse with you, and show more of their personalities. Parents will delight in how kids are able to show more insight and learn to talk and play with other kids.
By simply talking, engaging, and listening to their children, parents can do so much in nurturing preschooler language development. Enjoy this time of discovery and expression.
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