5 - 6 years speech and language development
By the time she starts school, your child will be able to communicate confidently, although she may still struggle to communicate long sequences of events or complicated ideas.
- She may bring some unwelcome words home with her without understanding their meaning. If these are offensive to you, calmly explain that you don’t like the word and try to offer her an alternative.
- She can talk confidently and clearly and can easily hold an everyday conversation. She knows her name, address, age and birthday – and is likely to give you this information even if you haven’t asked for it!
- She is curious about the meaning of words that she doesn’t understand.
- She enjoys ‘show and tell’ at school, and loves to tell you about what happened in her day.
- She enjoys listening to stories and rhymes, and singing songs.
- She loves jokes and riddles – the cornier the better!
What can I do to encourage her speech and language development?
- Even though she’s learning to read and will have to read to you each day, don’t stop reading stories to her.
- Always show her that you’re interested in hearing her news of the day. This is the time when all her conversation skills will be put to good use.
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