Developing Language Abilities: Getting Young Children Ready to Learn
A very important part of school readiness is being able to understand and communicate with others. Young children need lots of practice learning and using words to talk about what they see, know and do. They need good language skills to help them organize their thinking.
Children develop language skills from their interactions with others. Parents’ use of language and their responses to children’s attempts to communicate will guide language learning. For example when you talk to babies, help them recognize that sounds and words are important, even if babies cannot yet understand what is being said. When caregivers respond to babies’ babbling and speech-like sounds, they are preparing them to communicate with others. By talking with infants and toddlers, adults help them connect sounds with meanings.
Language skills for can-do kids include the following:
Being a can-do kid means being able to talk about what you can do. Young children learn how to talk about what is important or interesting to them when adults use and teach them the words they need to describe these things.
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