Why is language development important for children?
Language development is important for children as it supports the cognitive and social development. It also supports the communication skills and helps them express and understand their feelings. Literacy learning is also important for children language development as it helps them long term to achieve in other areas of learning in education like maths, science, etc. Having quality literacy practises in a centre helps contribute to the future success of literacy for children.
Children who are spoken to tend to have a higher vocabulary and better speech development than children who are not spoken too. Their vocabulary development is influenced by the amount of talk children are exposed to at home. The more parents and whanau expose their children to speech the more likely it is for children to learn new words.
How can you encourage your child’s language development?
- Using simple language for example “I like red cars”
- Keeping sentences short and sweet
- Singing nursery rhymes
- Reading books
- Writing, drawing
- Ask open end questions
- Ask about their feelings
How Kaiako support language development in the classroom?
- Sing waiata and nursey rhymes
- Speak te reo Māori through our karakia, numbers, colours, etc.
- Read books
- Ask open end questions which allow tamariki to think and respond
- Discuss different feelings and emotions
- Engage in different sounds and noises as they reciprocate them