Where it is possible, try to include the three ‘Rs’ when playing with your child. This can mean that things can get loud and also rather repetitive but it’s exactly what children need in order to learn spoken language.
What are the three R’s?
Rhyme: This can mean singing poems and nursery rhymes and often includes needing to get a bit creative too and making a new poem. What this is does is allow children to practise controlling their voices, both in in terms of volume or pitch. It also helps children to recognise the the rise and fall in the voice, or intonation that is used in spoken language.
Rhythm: Playing with instruments or singing songs can help a child in recognising rhythm. Rhythm is a foundation skill that is needed to develop spoken language. This doesn’t mean having to go out and buy lots of different instruments, you can use things around the house to make a drum, you can use your hands to clap with and feet to stomp with. Be warned this may get very loud!
Repetition: Repeating songs, nursery rhymes and poems is essential for reinforcing spoken language development. It also assists in improving your child’s ability to take in information that is presented out loud, process it, retain it and recall it – this is known as auditory memory. Reading the same book over and over again is not just something children love but also what they need.