Language Activities
  Language is a HUGE part of our world and opportunities to help a child appreciate language and develop stronger language skills are abundant in everyday activities.

Things to remember:
  -Children learn by actively participating in experiences
      imitation, asking questions, taking turns, using objects and
      creating movement are all ways to increase the experience
      read and sing with your child
      add more information to remarks you child makes
      talk out loud to describe things you are doing or seeing

  -All five senses contribute to an experience
      touching, moving, feeling, smelling, looking and hearing can
      all be experienced and described with facial expressions, words
      and gestures

  -Listening is an important part of language and communication
      be sure to be an active listener and let your child know you are listening
      listen without interruptions when your child talks
      give your child time to respond

  -Playing is how a child learns, use play time as an opportunity to interact
      Young children randomly play and explore their environment
            label objects and actions as they are happening
            imitate your child
            demonstrate shaking, crinkling, rolling

      Children then begin to learn object functions and uses
            show how objects are used and describe what you are doing
            label their actions
            show interest and give praise when a child makes discoveries

      Older children begin to use objects creatively and pretend
            play name that sound, name that smell
            put objects into groups, what goes with this?
            try guessing games
            name objects by only feeling or by describing what they are

      Imagination then becomes a big part of play
            act out scenes with dolls, dress-up, tools
            read and act out stories
            ask what-if questions
            talk about past and future events