Tip 129: June 2019 – Encouraging Language Development
Website Educational Tip for Language and Literacy Development
The language, communication, and literacy learning progressions represent
common development of language skills in a child’s primary communication.
How children develop this understanding of stories is through oral
storytelling, sharing of pictures and books. The best way to do this is to
know the story well. It is important for adults to read a story before they
read it to children, that way they will understand its concepts and ask and
answer simple who, what, where and why questions related to the story.
Aside from asking and answering questions about the story, adults may miss
the opportunity to connect the story to other or familiar stories,
characters, experiences, emotions and the children themselves.
– One of the best ways to help infants develop language is to be a
broadcaster, talking about what the infant is doing and seeing when they
are in the moment. Try to describe the activities the child is engaged in,
their emotions and what they are looking at. For all children this becomes
a language activity where they learn language naturally by hearing it used
in context. When reading from a book talk about the pictures, point to them
to draw the infant’s attention to familiar objects.
– Adults need unlimited enthusiasm and excitement for children’s
progress and accomplishments, both great and small. Children are quick to
excitement for almost any activity from a patient adult who rejoices with
the child over each step or partial step forward. When reading to children,
adults should modulate their voice using both high and low sounds, hearing
language used constantly and meaningfully during a child’s routine of the
day becomes a powerful language lesson.
Critical Thinking Skills
– Nursery rhymes are perfect for young children to hear because they are
short and easy to remember. When reading preschoolers stories stop every
couple of pages and ask questions about what is happening in the story,
this will help them to listen to the story for content and to develop
critical thinking skills.
Susan Neuman, Carol Copple, and Sue Bredekamp in their book Learning To Read And Write stated, “In learning to read and write,
the role of children’s language skills and word knowledge cannot be
overestimated. Although children are ‘hard-wired’ to acquire language, they
require environments in which they experience language used in meaningful
contexts. The variety of language that children experience, as well as the
quantity, matters. And the ways people use language, at home and in early
childhood settings, also shape what each child brings to literacy
There is no such thing as a child who hates to read;
There are only children who have not found the right book. (Frank