The first introduction to language materials is real images or replicas. While holding and looking at the object, repeat the name, then pass the object to the child. Repeat the name as the child holds the object. We know that language is linked with sensorial impressions. Also, children learn new words when it is paired with her name or at the end of a sentence.
Create other opportunities for introducing new vocabulary during every day activities. Name produce as you hand it to your child to place in the grocery cart, name types of clothing as your child helps you place it in the laundry basket or washing machine, and give accurate names for types of animals, plants, objects, road signs, or breeds of dogs you find outdoors.
|Replicas and Matching Cards- Sea Animals|
These materials also offer other indirect learning opportunities. In a group lesson, a toddler has an opportunity to practice waiting and sharing objects. In an extension of the lesson, we may place the objects across the room and ask the child to bring a specific object, exercising memory and recall. Children absorb information about the general characteristics of each classification and learn to identify objects with subtle distinctions.
|Breeds of Dogs|
|Real Objects and Matching Images- Pasta|
Remember that background noise is an obstacle to language development. Infants and toddlers cannot easily distinguish language from background noise. It is very important to eliminate background noise such as radio and television at home during waking hours whenever possible. At school, the teacher must be sure not to run loud air conditioning units or fans during the work cycle.
I hope you are inspired to create new opportunities for learning language!