Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old: Learning to Listen

Listening skills play an important role in communication, learning and especially the development of reading skills. We live in a world where there is noise around us at all times. Hence children may become accustomed to blocking out background noises and employing a ‘half-listening’strategy to life. There are many ways to encourage children to listen actively. Don’t expect miracles though as it will take time, … Continue reading Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old: Learning to Listen

Language Development: 2 to 4 years old: Language Games

The games shown below will encourage children to search for the words they need to describe things. We have tried to incorperate a number of different games that can be played in different places and at different times. 1) A fun game that can played anywhere involves imaginary play. Pretend to be an animal or a child’s favorite toy. Can the child work out what … Continue reading Language Development: 2 to 4 years old: Language Games

Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old: Building Language

Everything you and your child or the children in your care do together can be an opportunity for language development. Asking a lot of open ended questions creates wonderful opportunities for conversation. For example, ‘What do you think will happen if you leave the bath tap on?’ or ‘What did you play with at playschool today?’. Follow the child’s lead whenever you can, and, encourage … Continue reading Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old: Building Language

Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old: Tips for Talking

Young children learn language mostly through conversations with other people. The key is to listen to what they have to say and continue the conversation from there. If you child says ‘I did painting at playschool’. You could reply ‘You did a painting? That sounds fun! What did you paint?’. This reassures them that what they’ve said was correct and encourages them to go on … Continue reading Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old: Tips for Talking

Language Development: 2 to 4 years old: Keep Talking

Its absolutely vital for children to develop good language skills before they start school.  Almost everything they will be expected to learn depends on their ability to understand and use language. It sounds simple, but the best way you can help is to spend time talking and listening to your child or the child in your care. Although some children may be able to speak … Continue reading Language Development: 2 to 4 years old: Keep Talking

Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old: Key Skills

What are the key skills a child should be encouraged to develop between the ages of 2 and 4 years old? How can you best equip a child to develop a passion for literature or a beautiful penmanship? Today we look at these skills at a glance.  Key skills to be developed should include: Adding new words to the child’s spoken vocabulary. Children should be … Continue reading Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old: Key Skills

Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old

Earlier this year we ran a series of articles on reading and writing skill development for children aged from 0 to 2 years old. Over the next few weeks we will be delving into developing these skills further through the  2 to 4 year old range. The year or two before children start school is crucial in preparing them for learning to read and write. We’ll … Continue reading Language Development: 2 to 4 Years Old