Talk Together: Closing the word gap in the early years

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By Lorelli Mojica

This article offers great advice for monitoring and developing young children’s initial communication and language skills.

developing communication in the early years
  1. Introduction to language in the early years
  2. One-to-one communication and language activities
  3. The nursery environment
  4. Group communication and language activities

Language in the Early Years

As young children observe, watch and play with others, they begin to absorb the different elements of what is required to use language. They learn how to use language socially and develop an awareness of their listeners, thinking about what and how they are saying things. They learn the sounds associated with the language and begin to use them correctly. Once children begin to understand what others are saying, they start to learn how to put their own thoughts into words and sentences.

Language Development

“Over 50% of children start school without essential communication skills.”

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