Experience is everything!

As children approach 2 years old, their understanding of language and speech becomes clearer! Children begin to repeat language they hear in order to understand and retain new words. That’s why experience is everything!

It has been noted that children are coming into school with a reduced knowledge of language. This may be due to busy parents that do not give much time to sit and eat with their child around a table, or children that have been exposed to too much technology and haven’t had the opportunity to talk with others and develop socially in comparison to other children.

A walk to the park or even the shop can develop so many new words. What do they see, what do the hear? Where are you going? Naming the colour of the cars all help.

Including children in your housework can really help them become engrossed in new language. Such as folding laundry and naming the clothes item or colour of it!

Some places to visit over the holidays are also free or cheap.

I took my nephew to tropical world in leeds. This was free for him and only £6 for me.

The amount of language he gained from it through seeing and observing the animals was amazing and he was able to communicate what he saw to his parents when he got home too!

Any experience is so valuable to children and provides them with so many learning opportunities!

Let me know your thoughts.



Children’s language development

As I will start a new year group as a Reception teacher I decided to have a read of this book to refresh my mind and gain new ideas!

I already knew how important children’s language development is but this book really emphasised the difference between children’s language development went starting school!

By the age of 4 children can have a gap of over 30 million words!! What a huge difference for a disadvantaged child. This gap will only get bigger if language isn’t exposed as much as it can be! A teacher plays a significant role in developing language skills in the classroom.

It’s clear that language is everywhere when a child enters school, but providing new language opportunities through play, problem solving, to support children’s social development and friendships and through story time is vital to help close this language gap.

Please share your ideas for developing children’s language skills! I am going to do further research for ideas for Reception teachers and keep you posted!

What do you think? #MissPinnock