9th May 2021
It’s fairly well known in educations circles that children’s speech is on the decline. (As are the literacy levels in general.) What that means is more and more children are becoming increasingly difficult to understand.
Their oral language test results are lower than what’s expected for their age or stage of learning and this can really hinder their learning in other areas of school; writing and spelling in particular.
Don’t leave this up to the school to work on because it’s what happens at home that is key for your children’s success.
Top tips to develop clear and correct speech for your children.
Children’s brains grow when engaged in conversation with an adult. 5 conversations turns are best, not instructions or close ended questions.
Children’s vocabulary increases, their understanding of correct grammar and syntax also increases, even if yours is incorrect. (I saw, not I seen. Th is enunciated Th not v or f, just to begin).
You learn so much about your child that you will never find out if you haven’t spoken with them and in our busy lives, dinner time around the table is the best place to do this if you are busy throughout the day.
As they tell you what they have seen or heard you can tell them whether something is correct or not. Some information a mean ‘friend’ may have told them, you can correct this opinion with what is actually correct.
General knowledge increases as you can discuss what is happening around the world.
The 3 ways I can help you improve your child’s speech