Talking Together 3. Techniques
Talking with children is an important part of daily life, and is critical to literacy development.
Our words and conversations teach children their first words, then simple sentences, and eventually the ability to express full thoughts and ideas.
Part 3 of 5.
Conversational techniques can stretch children's thinking and language skills.
- Engage children in new and unfamiliar topics that will interest them.
- Discuss events that happened in the past or will occur in the future.
- Ask questions that require children to respond with more than a simple "yes" or "no."
- Home environments have been found to have significant effects on children’s oral language and cognitive abilities.
- When parents use strategies like expanding on what children say, responding to children, asking questions, or speaking their thoughts aloud, they can significantly impact the quantity of words children hear and use.
- The number of words children hear is well-related to children’s vocabulary, reading comprehension, and school success.
- For Ages
- 1-5 years
- Time Required
- 4 min
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