Teach reading at home
A fun & easy learning to read
Language activities for children
Kids language skills
The first three years of a child’s life is the critical time for
language learning. Children are ‘hard-wired’ to
learn language. If a child is completely deprived of language during these early years the language
neural-developmental pathways in the temporal lobe will not develop. Without these pathways, the ability to
recognise and comprehend language and to form speech will diminish.
The key to giving your child the best
chance of becoming a successful reader is to provide experiences that will build an understanding of language and
knowledge of the world around them.
Language activities to promote communication skills:
How to promote kids language skills
Talk about what you are doing and what is happening
Listen and respond to any language attempts your child makes
Model language by speaking clearly
Extend their conversations by asking open ended questions such as:
How did that happen?
What happened next?
Why do you think that happened?
Sing nursery rhymes and songs with actions
Visitnew and interesting places and
talking about what you see:
visit the zoo
visit the museum or art gallery
head to the beach
visit an aged care facility
Encourage creative play experiences with dress ups and props
Provide toys such as toy telephones, microphones, puppets and musical
Encourage performances of
concerts or shows
Clap out syllables e.g.
Vanessa has three claps (Van-ess-a)
Encourage your child to speak
in complete sentences
Allow time for your child to
consider their response
Discourage others from
answering on behalf of your child
Encourage them to talk about
Have your child re-tell a
Talk about word
relationships e.g. what is another word for good?
Encourage your child to
pronounce words correctly by repeating the word back in a full sentences e.g. if the child says "I want
poon (spoon)", you can respond with "here is a spoon for you".
Language activities to promote listening skills;
How to promote kid's listening skills:
Read story books every day
Play with puppets
opportunities for your child to follow more complex directions e.g. start with one directive: "please
put this book on the shelf", followed by two part directives: "please put this book on the shelf and
pick out another one", then "please put this book on the shelf, pick out another one and bring it back
for us to read".
Expose your child
to new vocabulary, e.g. have an 'interesting word' of the week
Provide more time
to talking about the meaning of words
How babies learn language - watch this video
This is a video link to a TED presentation
'The linguistic genius of babies'wherePatricia Kuhl discusses how babies learn language. She talks
in detail about how our brains acquire language skills necessary for later literacy
development. Click here to watch
What is of particular interest in Patricia’s presentation is the
graph showing the difference in the amount of brain development that occurs when an adult socially interacts
with the child compared to when the child is exposed to a television monitor or to an audio device. Click
here to see video.