LCP Ep 13: Developing Language Skills in your Young Learner
The time to start reading and developing language skills in your young learner is now.
Reading at least 15 minutes per day from the time your child is an infant and even through high school will not only promote a bond with your child and an enjoyment in reading, but help develop vocabulary, reading, and writing skills.
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Join Katie Glennon as she shares step by step how to easily develop language skills in your young learner with practical tips, resources, and book and activity ideas that help you get started right away.
Developing Language Skills in your Young Learner
If you suspect your child is experiencing language or processing issues, you may want to check out Dianne Craft's articles and materials at diannecraft.org. I used quite a few of her materials, articles, and her Brain Integration Therapy guide.
Book Title Suggestions for Rhyme, Rhythm and Repetition
Start with simple Dr. Seuss Books - Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss’s ABC's, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Then longer Dr. Seuss Books - Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham
Sheep in a Jeep
Sheep Go to Sleep
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?
Assorted Poetry Books - The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury
Reading Activity Suggestions
Start with nursery rhymes and finger and hand motions while you recite them together.
As you read together, point to each word as you read it aloud.
Point to the pictures on the page and comment and ask questions about them. (Depending on the age of your child, you can ask them a question about what a picture is or a color in the picture.) As they get older or more familiar with the book, you can ask more complex questions. (Visit Using Higher Order Thinking Skills in your Reading to gain ideas in asking questions and developing thinking skills.)
Repeat reading the same books (as long as your child shows interest in it) for at least 15 minutes per day.
Use your child’s finger to point at the words as you say them and allow them to turn the page if they want.
Take turns reading sentences or pages so that your child doesn't feel overwhelmed by reading too much at one time. (For practical and fun ways to engage reluctant readers, visit Ultimate List of Fun Ways to Engage your Reluctant Reader.)
Put magnetic letters on the refrigerator for play opportunities.
Have a letter of the day or week and let your child tell you whenever they see that letter during the day.
Depending on what kind of learner you have, you could try different kinds of activities to learn the alphabet –
Songs, chants and books read aloud (audio books) for auditory learners
Use pictures of the alphabet that have animals or pictures with...