Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining in the conversation. As they hear spoken words, children learn:
Steps on how to include “Talk” in library programming:
Play while reading text to help children make sense of the book. Children can use props such as puppets to talk about the characters in a storybook and retell the story or use other objects to think more deeply about informational text. If there are vocabulary words that are unfamiliar, acting them out through dramatic play helps them by using words they already know and put the new words into action.
Rhyme is a great way for young children to hear the sounds in words, so share some poetry with your youngest crowds!
Talk with children about things you see around your neighborhood. What is different if you walk around at night or during the day? What animals might be out at night that are sleeping during the day?
Make the barnyard come alive as you call and repeat the animal sounds throughout this story.
Use this book about colors to encourage young children to make up their own stories about what the Black Bird is doing.
Ask children: Have you ever been to the zoo? What are your favorite animals? What sounds do they make?