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Learning words


Learning words

What to do with this activity?

"Traffic jam" and "jam" you put on toast!

Talk to your child about what words mean.

Explain to your child that the meaning of a word can change if that word is put with another word, like "jam" in "traffic jam".

Explain the meaning of words that sound the same but have two meanings, like "bear" and "bare"; or the Christmas "turkey" and  "Turkey" the country.

If your child uses a wrong word when talking, say the right one to them rather than correct them. For example, if a child says, "I goed to the shop", you can say “Oh, you went to the shop”.

  • Why am I doing this?

    Children improve their language by hearing how words are used in everyday life. Chatting to your child helps build their communication skills. Getting your child to tell you stories or explain things, helps them to put ideas in the right order. This is an important skill for listening and speaking.

  • How can I do more?

    When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.

    But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”

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