A family member emailed me recently for advice on letter and number learning for her 2-year-old. She asked if it was okay to start incorporating these concepts or would that be pushing him before he's ready?
I'm sure many, many parents feel confused and conflicted about reading and writing learning with their young children. Totally normal and to be expected in today's world of ‘standards'. The good news is that language activities for preschoolers can be fun and simple!
Language Activities for Preschoolers
FOCUS on THE child and have faith that you're child will develop these skills. If there is insecurity then there will be misalignment with your child's readiness and his ‘work'
OBSERVE the children to truly understand their stage of development and then cater the environment to that point of development
ACCEPT the fact that children develop at different paces across a relatively wide range (for example, 3 to 6 years old for reading).
Be PATIENT. I'm guilty of this one. Don't project your desires and beliefs onto your child. The child is his own unique spirit and being, an amazing one at that…
CREATE the Environment for learning to occur naturally. All a young child (0-6 years, arguably) needs is to play and to explore on his own and at his own pace.
So this advice is all great and well but HOW do you create the environment fit for a child?
Language Activities for 2 & 3 Year Olds
- Montessori Language Philosophy with Activities
- Ways to Encourage Writing
- Object to Object Matching Activity
- Reading Ideas for 3 Year Olds
- Storytelling with Children
- Storytelling with a Bag
- We're Going in a Sound Hunt Activity – Create a Sound Necklace and Give The Child a bag to collect objects beginning (or ending) with that sound
- Easy Sensory & Early Language Activity with Foam Letters
- Three Ways to Learn Sounds
- Beginning Sound Activity
- Easy Ways to Help Your Child Develop Language
I hope you found this helpful. Let me know your ideas!