Building Language Moments Out & About
How can you help your Child's Talking Skills when you are out & about?
It's easy. Just take a simple MOMENT in your action packed outing!
Do you want to make sure you are giving your babies and toddlers the best chance to have later academic success? Do you want them to have social confidence so they can build friendships? How and what we say to our children in the early years has been shown to have a major impact in the school years. Researchers call this “parentese” – the speech of parents. It is key to language development.
The key is to talk to children from birth. Is some talk better than other talk though? Do some parent’s do it better than others?
Adult-Child Language Needs to Match
“Your talk” ideally should closely match your child’s understanding and talking levels. A mis-match can result in reducing the effectiveness of you attempt to boost language in the everyday learning opportunities that arise for your child. How complex your sentences and words are and your child’s current language skills need to grow together.
You can use everyday routines to provide the optimum language examples for your child. This will provide them with the best learning foundations that will impact on their development for many years to come.
SO let's take a single moment in applying sunscreen
When we go
OUT and ABOUT with our children we often have a few routines that we do every
time (or nearly every time). In Australia putting on SUNSCREEN every time
children are going outside is essential and highly recommended by health
SO let’s take a SINGLE MOMENT in the applying sunscreen routine and turn it into a LANGUAGE BOOSTING MOMENT. In that same moment within the same routine – have a “script” in mind to say the same thing EVERY TIME you reach that moment. Matching the moment in the routine with the same words. This is how children’s talking skills explode!
So Let's make it simple and easy!
We are not
suggesting taking the whole sun screening routine and scripting your every
word. A lot of the time we are trying to just get that sunscreen on before they
take of running down the beach, jumping in the pool or running off to the
The key is to take just a MOMENT in the routine. We have taken the MOMENT we put sunscreen on their noses as an example! Well sunscreen on noses is a priority right!
Take a look
at our downloadable script ideas for children no matter what level of language they
are currently using.
1. Those children just making noises and perhaps copying actions and sounds
2. Children with a few words but need more words in their spoken vocabulary
with lots of words but need encouragement to build their words into sentences
and more complex expression of ideas.
one or two “key words” e.g., “nose” or “rub” and use just the right level of words for your child at the precise
moment of putting the sunscreen on! We use these key words “nose” and/or “rub” EVERY TIME.
Parents or carers might
use just the single word if the child is not using any words yet (e.g., rub,
rub on, rub on the sunscreen RUB!).
toddlers are using some words or little phrases (e.g., “rub on”) already
we could use a longer sentence with grammatical changes (e.g., “rubBING on the sunscreen” or “All done! We rubBED it on” What did
we do? We R……). If you
do the routine and the matching words frequently enough, the children can
finish your sentences! They are then practising their talking skills!
How to make these moments work!
these moments work, “Your talk” needs to closely match your child’s understanding and talking levels. Remember that how and what we say to our children
in the early years has been shown to
have a major impact in later academic success and social confidence. A mis-match can result in reducing the value of the everyday learning opportunities for your child. Matching how complex your sentences and
words are and your child’s current
communication skills really is the crucial idea to make these language moments have amazing results.