Do you maximize language learning during playtime? Simply talking about what your child is doing, seeing, hearing, and feeling during playtime will help enrich your child’s vocabulary. The formal term for this activity is “parallel talk”.
You have a phone. You are pushing the buttons.
You are kicking the ball.
You don’t have to tell the child everything he is doing. Try repeating simple phrases several times. Repetition is key with young learners.
While parallel talk is wonderful for toddlers, I still use it with my three year old as well. For instance, yesterday, while playing kickball, I would say, “You kicked the ball over the table.” “You kicked the ball under my knee.”
Just a “sneaky” way to infuse language learning into playtime.
I love the description of parallel talk that I found on this website, “Feed into his brain the words that he will later need to express his own actions and feelings”
How are you feeding your child’s brain today?
I’m linking this up to other playtime experiences this week: