Developing oral language
You may have heard the phrase ‘‘oral language’’ mentioned in the news recently or perhaps the teachers at your child’s kindergarten or school have told you this is a focus for their learning.
Traditionally, we have believed that learning to talk, and think, were naturally occurring processes that didn’t need to be ‘‘taught’’ and it was something that just happened automatically with our children.
We now know that many tamariki (children) in our country are starting school without the necessary skills to listen, to formulate sentences, to ask questions, to form friendships and to think and sound out ideas.
All these skills come under the umbrella of oral language and are vital for all future school success, including learning to read.
Over the next few weeks I will be talking more about this and how we can help our children develop their oral language skills.