Exploring language helps to spark your child’s imagination while stimulating their curiosity and creativity. This in turn helps develop brain function, social skills and communication skills. Once children learn to communicate, their world opens up in extraordinary ways!
How do children develop language skills?
Daily interactions are valuable methods to help children develop expressive and receptive language skills. This could include turn-taking in conversations, listening to stories, learning songs and nursery rhymes, and playing with other children.
*How can parents support their child’s language and literacy development? *
Reading with your child - storytime is an easy way to add language and literacy development into your daily routine. Reading helps children begin to understand sounds and words — foundational skills for learning to effectively communicate while sparking their imagination and curiosity.
- Ask questions to encourage curious thinking, such as “What do you think this book might be about?”
- Tracing words and pictures with your finger helps to encourage connections and understanding that words and images have meaning.
- Explore vocabulary through questions such as “What do you like about this story?”
Art and writing activities
Exploring art and writing activities can help to encourage curiosity and interest in letters and words, helping to encourage a deeper awareness of words, letter recognition, and expressive language.
- Encourage your child to connect what they are drawing with words, such as “This is a wonderful drawing of our dog. Can you try and write the word?”
- When your child is drawing, let their imagination run wild! Then encourage them to discuss what they have drawn.
- Talk to your child about the shape of letters, the sounds they make, and words that include those letters.
Every Lifelong Learning Centre integrates language and literacy development in their curriculum. Our educators actively incorporate research-supported techniques to encourage children in their lifelong learning journey. Our Lifelong Learning approach is practiced by all 150 Lifelong Learning Centres across Australia, with each centre offering high-quality, research-driven programs for children from 6 weeks to school age.
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