Placing a value on talk
Last week I mentioned how language and cognition (thinking) are intertwined.
They hold hands and grow together. One of simplest and easiest ways to increase oral language is to begin by placing a value on talk.
Children need to be able to talk to express their thoughts and test out their ideas.
By placing a value on talk we acknowledge that we appreciate their talking and thinking.
Conversation (korero) is of value. So be a talking champion with your children.
Talk about all the funny, silly, interesting, long and tricky words you hear or read.
There are so many words we can chose from, not just English, so use the language you’re most comfortable with. If we make a mistake when talking, that’s ok; we fix it up and try again or use a different word. Talk, it’s what we do here.