Making children read is not enough. They must speak and reflect about them. Frequently, parents are encouraged to read to their kids, but they are not taught how to do it.
Conversation works because…
- Children practice using words, not just hearing or repeating them.
- Conversation combines key ingredients of language and literacy with social skills in natural ways.
- Breaking language down to isolated skills is not as effective.
- Phonological awareness in home language easily transfers to English.
Children learn language patterns from people. Television does not have the same impact and effectiveness.
IDEAS TO ELICIT LANGUAGE PRODUCTION:
- Use family pictures.
- Increase vocabulary with visuals.
- After reading a story, talk about it. Make pauses while reading and ask questions that generates discussion.
- It is important that family members play together to elicit language.
- Increase language production through the interaction with peers.
- Use rhymes and language patterns, since our brain learn them easily.