Are you looking for a simple, effective way to facilitate your child’s language development? Reading to the rescue!
Did you know that reading to children allows for vocabulary and language growth? Research shows that a child’s exposure to books has direct impact on his communication and academic skills. Therefore, reading is an important activity for your daily routine. Try these 4 simple strategies that can be incorporated into book reading to enhance and facilitate language development.
Read to your child with CARE
Comment on pictures and actions occurring in the story. For example, you could say, “Look! Curious George is climbing the tree.”
Ask questions about the story and its associated pictures. For instance, you could ask, “What is George doing?” Try to vary the types of wh- questions you ask (who, what, where, when, why). Additionally, you can ask questions about events that haven’t occurred yet in the story to assist your child with making predictions. For example, you could ask, “What do you think will happen to George at the end of the story?”
Respond to your child’s communication during the story. If your child asks a question about the story, you can provide an answer. If your child makes a comment or prediction, you can provide a response.
Expand on what your child says by adding more words to what s/he has said. For example, if your child says “George banana,” you could expand by saying, “George is eating the banana.”
Here is a great video from Dr. Roseberry-McKibbin showing CARE in action.
Roseberry-McKibbin, C. (2014). Multicultural students with special language needs: Practical strategies for assessment and intervention (4th ed.). Oceanside, CA: Academic Communication Associates.