The importance of parents and teachers leading and improving a child’s language development has been described as critical. This fact urged us to steer focus on improving your child’ speech and language skills while doing ordinary home or school activities. We decided to use child’s play as our starting point and create ways for both parents and teachers to engage with a child in his or her language adventure.
Art – follow child’s leads
If you decide to do arts and craft, this is a great way to build language and improve speech. Offer a few options for choosing his or her art set and see what the child goes for. Once the set is chosen, the next step is to choose colors. Separate a few (not too many) on the table and ask your child to pick the favorite ones. When the decision on the color is made, this is where you start a new level of communicating and improving language. You can ask questions like “Why have you chosen this color?” and “What are you going to draw with it?” Let his or her sense of sight delight you while the picture perfect is being made. You would absolutely like to hear about the reasons your child decided to draw a specific painting and who is who on it. Let the words come out as you ask as many questions you can think of. Finish by awarding a child with placing the painting on the special place in the classroom or at home.
Music – sound & listening as part of language development
Another way of participating in child’s language development is to choose appropriate music which includes lyrics. When we say appropriate, we mean the one your child enjoys, but also the one you enjoy and would like to introduce your child to. Feel free to include MTV or You Tube, but only for listening. There you can find some catchy mainstream music that helps you in your mission to improve the child’s language skills. Make sure you find convenient lyrics, the one that includes love, friendship and happiness, but excludes inappropriate and rude expressions. Catchy melody and easily understandable words will raise an extra interest in your child and you will adore him or her ability to sing the words. You can later encourage your child to sing them a cappella and hence help yourself hear his or her pronunciation better.
Cooking – describing the smell of what’s cooking
This is really interesting and you can play it on daily basis, any time suitable for you. Let’s say you choose a dinner preparation. Let your child explore the scents spreading from the kitchen and use language to describe those scents. You can engage other family members to sit in another room while your child is trying to describe what smells so nice from the kitchen.
Tiding up – developing language with the sense of touch
We are all very aware of how long it takes to get your little ones tidy up their bedrooms. If you help your child with this activity, you can add a greater value to the habit you’re trying so hard for your child to adopt. Tiding up can be one of the games through which you can work on developing speech and language skills. Take 2 minutes of tiding and then 1 minute of asking your child to close his or her eyes and describe what you put in his or hands. At the end, the child should guess what there is in his or her hands, show happiness for guessing right and ask you to repeat the game.
This is just one small help for you to be able to include sight, smell, touch and sound in your child’s language development.Feel free to create your own ideas according to your child’s interest. Explore, discover and make progress any time of the day. We guarantee a great fun!