Simple daily activities to support language development
Play games and engage your child in activities that follow a sequence and require careful listening, such as Simon Says, Hokey Pokey, as well as simple craft projects and chores.
Promote language growth the use of specific strategies, which may include:
- correcting grammatical mistakes through revision. For example, If your child says “Him fall off the slide.” you could say, “Oh no! Maybe he fell off the slide because he was going too fast." Another example, if he/she says,"Jenna have a new puppy!", you could say, "She has a new puppy huh? I'll bet Jenna is excited that she finally has a pet."
- using self-talk. (Talk about what YOU are doing, seeing, eating, touching when your child is present. Narrate YOUR actions.)
- using parallel talk. (Talk about what YOUR CHILD is doing, seeing, eating, touching. Narrate HIS/HER actions.)
- expanding your child’s utterances by adding information. For example, if he/she says, “boy run, Mommy” you could say, “Yes, the boy is running. He’s running very fast!”
Capitalize on your child’s curriculum assignments and other academic-related tasks by reinforcing communication skills simultaneously. For example, as your child is reading a story in his/her CK book, use the opportunity to:
- Identify unknown vocabulary words and their meanings. Apply the words to familiar or personal experiences when giving your child examples to make it more relatable
- Point out grammatical elements of sentences in text and talk about how they express meanings, time concepts, and refer to people and things (plural word markers, verb tense with –ed endings, use of pronouns in place of nouns)