Language development is a vital part of communication in a child’s preschool years. Much of that development will take place in the preschool classroom. There, children will learn from another adult – their teacher – and with their peers. They will also be exposed to language development activities that they don’t get to do with their parents at home or that are done in different ways.
Here are eight preschool language development activities:
- Storytelling. Children love stories. They love storytime with their teachers as they do with their parents. By telling stories, a teacher enables the children’s participation in a story and, in the process, help them build verbal skills. A teacher can also make use of stories to help the children prepare before an activity.
- Playing. Age-appropriate toys and other child-friendly materials could also provide preschoolers with opportunities to build their verbal skills. A teacher could support children’s language development by choosing toys that could encourage them to talk or listen to an adult or peers. These toys include construction blocks, dolls, puppets, pictures, play dough, felt board cutouts, and many more. Ask them what the toy is. Talk about size and shape and their function and purpose.
- Music. A teacher could help children build strong verbal skills by incorporating music into everyday activities. Singing and listening to songs could help preschoolers to pronounce and use words correctly. Making music by playing instruments and singing helps them develop an awareness of sounds and rhythms. Playing musical games could stimulate dialogue between the teacher and children.
- Reading. Reading helps preschoolers develop the rhythm and structure of language as they learn and understand new words. Research shows that the more often adults read to children, the better their language skills. Teachers should know that children learn more new words if a story is read to them multiple times than if several stories are read to them only once. They need to hear words many times before learning them.
- Puppet shows. By playing with puppets and making up puppet shows, preschoolers are able to express themselves while building verbal skills, leading them on a path of self-discovery and expression that instills confidence and boost self-esteem. Puppets shows also help them explore the various components of language and develop a sense of story.
- Guessing bag. This is a great way to encourage children to describe objects. Put small items inside a bag or box so the children can’t see it. The children will put their hand into the bag or box to feel one of the items. You will offer a clue about the item inside. They will guess the item. Continue offering additional clues using as many descriptive words as possible. Use some new words that might push the children in their understanding.
- Art activities. Children love to draw, paint, and make crafts. Art activities provide preschoolers with a great opportunity to learn about shapes and colors, as well as express their feelings by discussing what they create. There are many art projects that preschoolers will love. Browse for them on the internet.
- Dramatic Play. Dramatic play encourages preschoolers to pretend to be someone else and use new vocabulary in their imaginative role. They interact with one another in their given roles using verbal as well as nonverbal communication to make sense of their situation.