We know that when we give resources and targets to families, it can sometimes be difficult finding the time to fit them in. We also know that one of the most powerful ways to build language is inside of routines, especially those that occur on a daily basis. That’s why the team at Communicate have put together our ‘top 5 daily routines’ to develop speech and language skills. This means you don’t need to create more time for anything, as you’re already doing it!
- Brushing your teeth! Make brushing your teeth fun together! Two minutes is the recommended time to spend cleaning children’s teeth. This fits perfectly with many ‘brushing your teeth’ songs which you can either sing yourself or find on YouTube to play along. We love the “This is the way we brush our teeth” video found here…. https://youtu.be/Pd4WnsXwdqw. Based on a popular nursery rhyme, this song may be familiar to your child already so they can sing and dance along! Children love how nursery rhymes sound and the repetition helps children to learn language and communication and social, physical and emotional skills.
- Getting dressed! There are lots of language opportunities involved with getting dressed. You can develop your child’s sequencing skills by talking to them about the order in which they are getting dressed. Use words like ‘first’, ‘next’ and ‘last’ to develop their understanding of time concepts. Make sure you are labelling body parts and items of clothing too, to build their vocabulary. You can find some great ‘getting dressed’ sequencing pictures here…. http://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-c-102-getting-dressed-routine-cards-boys.
- Bath time! Endless language opportunities take place during bath time! Think of all the sounds that you can make together; splash, bubble, pop! As well as all the language that can be modelled; bath, water, hot, cold, empty, full, washing, cleaning! The sensory aspects involved also make bath time a fun adventure for children. Fill up a jug with water and hold it up so your little one can see. Model ‘ready, steady, go!’ and then start to pour the water so it splashes just in front of them. Then stop! Wait and see if your child will show or tell you they want you to do it again. ‘Ready, steady, go’ activities are great for developing attention and listening skills. We love the bath time activity ideas found here…. http://theinspiredtreehouse.com/10-fun-bath-time-activities-for-kids/.
- Tea time! Sitting together for lunch or tea time can be a great opportunity to interact with your child. Children can develop skills like turn taking and are more likely to understand, acknowledge, and follow the boundaries and expectations set by their parents if they eat dinner with their family. You could ask your child to help you lay the table, labelling items together e.g. forks, plates, cups. These ideas of playing language games at the table are great for developing children’s speech, language and communication skills…. http://blog.emeals.com/5-ways-to-make-dinnertime-fun-for-your-kids/.
- Pets! A pet can be a great vehicle for learning with parents support. Pets can be part of developing your child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills. If you have pets at home, include your child in the responsibilities involved with having pets. Things like getting them to fill up food bowls, grooming and walking pets will give children a sense of responsibiltiy and is likely to increase their self-esteem. The range of vocabulary associated with these tasks will help to increase your child’s language skills. If you don’t have pets, you could use some of the ideas on this page to set up a ‘pet theme’ at home… http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/pets-theme.html.
We would love to hear how you make your daily routines fun for children!
Our next blog will look at our top 5 toys/games for language development. See you all soon!
The Team @ Communicate! 🙂