Top Tips for Developing Speech and Language: March

Our Speech and Language Team at Michael Faraday is keen to pass on some guidance for parents and carers.

March

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is key for learning. Amazingly, research tells us that the level of children’s vocabulary at age 5 is a very strong predictor of the qualifications achieved at school leaving age and beyond.

Take vocabulary questions seriously. When children express curiosity about a word, be sure to teach the correct definition and pronunciation.

Do your best to provide examples. If you’re asked, “What does ‘gigantic’ mean?” say more than just “big”, also provide a comparison: An elephant is “big” when compared to a person, but “gigantic” when compared to an ant.

Songs can help expand vocabulary!

We all have ‘catchy’ songs that get stuck in our head. Help your children expand their vocabulary by using functional and thematic language. Sing what you are doing. For example, if you are enjoying ice-cream in the park on the weekend, sing the following tune. To the tune of ‘Frere Jacques’:

Lick your ice cream
Lick your ice cream
With your tongue
With your tongue
It’s all sweet and sticky
It’s all sweet and sticky
Yum, yum, yum! Yum, yum, yum!

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December: Four Tips to Develop Speaking and Listening

January: Bilingualism

February: Supporting Communication

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