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                        Preschool Language Development                       
                       How to Nurture Language Skills in Young Children 

Years 1-5 are important in the language development of a child.

The ability to use words properly is a strong predictor of future school success.

Parents need to take an active part in assisting in the language development of their child in the years before school.

The key is good modelling.

1. Provide Language-Rich Experiences

Take simple every day activities and engage children in relevant conversation. For example, while sorting the laundry, talk about colours, textures, sizing, and even letters and numbers from the logos on clothing items.

Talk about signs in the community (e.g., STOP sign, IGA, etc.).

2. Use Complete Sentences and Descriptive Language

Focus on the use of complete sentences and descriptive language.

Model complete, more complex sentences and rephrase a child's incomplete sentence. For example:

Child: Doggy eat.

Parent: Doggy is eating.

The same can be said of encouraging descriptive words. Consider this exchange:

Child: A dog.

Parent: There is a dog. What colour is the dog?

3. Read Books Aloud and Promote Creative Expression

Read aloud stories, poetry, and nursery rhymes.

Read aloud every day.

Read the same books. Children like to hear the same books over and over, as repetition is necessary for children to process and accept new


Allow children to express themselves creatively through imaginative play, dance, and drawing. Provide them with toys that promote imaginative play and creative expression.

Child: Brown.

Parent: There is a brown dog.

4. Model Language Structure and Monitor Sarcasm

Pronounce words properly and limit the use of slang.

Avoid using "baby talk". Baby talk can influence and sustain speech impediments which can later affect reading and writing development.

Teach children to express themselves sincerely and increase vocabulary. Avoid the use of sarcasm.

Consider a child that spills a box of cereal on the floor. A parent who responds with "Thank you. Thank you very much," "Isn't that wonderful," or "That was helpful," will completely confuse the child. Further, using sarcastic pet names, such as "monster," "devil," or the like may be a bad choice. If using the word would get a child in trouble at school, it is not a good idea to use it at home either.

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