The Relationship between Talking and Learning
Talking and learning work together to help our children develop. In this article, we’ll explore this idea further.
From the Womb
Studies show that even when children are inside the womb, they begin to learn. How? Through listening to their parent’s and family’s voices. They learn about tones, annotations, words and language in general.
As children grow up, this does not change. Children actively listen to what their parents say, and they learn from it. For young children, everything they know about the language they speak, they learn from their families.
For example, this typically means that children who are read to and spoken to regularly will end up having a larger vocabulary and a better grasp of the language than those who have a limited exposure to a large vocabulary of words.
What Does This Mean?
Having a solid vocabulary database as a young child is linked to later academic success. This understanding makes it easier for children to read, write and generally achieve in school.
A large vocabulary and understanding of words also makes it easier for children to learn more, because they already have a solid base to begin with. This learning can come in the form of school academic success, as well as skill development.
When we first learn a language, we find it hard to communicate because we have trouble finding the words we need in order to say what we want. The same applies for children.
Being exposed to a variety of words allows them to express themselves easily, which encourages development of their emotional maturity. Knowing which words mean what allows children to think about how they feel, and then appropriately express themselves through speech.
A large vocabulary also makes conversations more natural for children, no matter whether they are talking to adults or other children. They are able to understand more of what is being said to them, and also reply in ways that let the other parties effectively respond.
What Can I Do?
No matter how old your child is, you can help build their vocabulary. There are several ways in which to achieve this.
- Singing and dancing to children’s songs.
- Speak to children like you would normally do for them to understand sentences and speech.
- Don’t shy away from big words, use the appropriate words for objects and things and help your child understand them.
- Reading a variety of books to your child regularly.
- Using educational toys to learn the relationship between alphabets and objects.
High-Quality Early Learning for Your Child
Talking and learning are intrinsically linked. At Hamersley Early Learning School, we understand that each child is different with individual needs, and create learning programs that meet them. For more information on us, and the programs we offer, call us on (08) 6162 9119 or visit our contact page for other ways to get in touch.