This week on Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST, the topic is on Toys…
We can fill a child’s world with many, many fancy toys, electronic games and gadgets, but the one toy that seems neglected, especially in the traditional sense, is the storybook.
If more children had as many books as part of their “toy” collection as their huge assortment of random plastic toys, and these books read aloud to them everyday, perhaps fewer developmental speech delays would occur in young children.
I work with nursery age children. Occasionally we have children between the ages 2-4 who come to the nursery and speak gibberish. Seriously.
They look at you and speak as if they are carrying on a sensible conversation. One boy actually got upset when I tried to correct some of the words I thought he mispronounced. What!?!
Further, you know I always ask the parent(s) whose child communicates in the gibberish dialect the one big question. (I know the answer before they speak it out loud.)
Me: “Do you read aloud to your child everyday?”
There you go. I am no expert in anything and more so when it comes to language and communication skills development in very young children, but my instincts do tell me that reading aloud everyday to a young child must help boost the ability to speak coherently.
I think surrounding your young child with great story and picture books, in addition to reading aloud from these books are perfect educational toys.
Now, I did come across one parent who admitted she did not know how to read herself. At least she admitted it. In cases like this, I would at least seek out, if available, either a public library read aloud program for young children or perhaps finding a teen willing to either volunteer (as a community project) or be paid a small sum to read aloud to children whose parents cannot read.
Finally, I say, reach out, especially if you have young children in your care and give the very best educational toy to children everywhere…the brain…nourish it with good books and read aloud time. That way you can be sure the brain can avoid speaking in the gibberish dialect.
That is all. My rant over gibberish dialect is over. Thank you.
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What educational toys do you suggest as tools to help develop coherent speech patterns in young children?
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Please check out a few creative contributors below and articles on importance of reading in young children:
- Sunday Post – Toys (imexcited.wordpress.com)
- Sunday Post: Toys…Top Ten Toys for Young Kids (viviankirkfield.wordpress.com)
- Sunday Post: Toys (ceceliafutch.wordpress.com)
- sunday post: toys (starlight427.wordpress.com)
- Sunday Post: Toys Surf City USA (piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com)
- Building Strong Readers (piplustutors.wordpress.com)