Small children play with language. This playful learning helps them distinguish between sounds, words, and sentences. Well-designed games can provide small children with a safe place to practice and hear both a first and second language. It is important to remember four-year olds normally don’t play games with complex rules and score keeping; they need a stable and predictable setting in order to participate. Parents and teachers are encouraged to play with children to support an optimal learning environment.
We all know learning to play a musical instrument or becoming great at sports requires dedication and practice. Learning to read, write, and speak two languages is a big job for small children. To top it off, research has proven that children should learn language basics in their first language, first. This can be done through playing supportive games. We suggest you move gently from early recognition into coloring and writing. Writing your name is very rewarding and fun for a three-year-old.
Children learn best when they can use all their senses. Hands-on learning is life learning. Building letters out of clay can help build a mental model of each letter. Coloring words and cutting them out is another way to bring words to life. You can plant grass seeds in the shape of letters and numbers. Reading a recipe while cooking a delicious meal is an another excellent way to support reading. Parents and teachers are constantly sharing ideas for making literacy fun so this section of the site will continue to grow and improve. Come back soon to see how we expand and grow.