What to do with this activity?
Listen to your child. 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 “So what you are saying is...”.
Encourage your child to tell you about:
- things that interest them.
- a story they heard. What did they think? What did their friends think?
Help them to make decisions by discussing their opinions.
If you are finding it hard to talk to your child, consider doing something together – going to a new film that is out or ask them to help you do something. Talk about the film afterwards. Appreciate the conversation that takes place, even if it is not much.
Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.
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