Oral Language includes the ability to understand spoken language and speak clearly to communicate with others. Developing oral language increases vocabulary and speaking skills, contributes to enjoyment and comprehension of reading, and builds listening and attention skills for school.

How can I help?

  • Ask your child to connect a story to their own experiences.
    • For example, ask him or her questions about experiences with gardens when you are reading a book about planting a garden. You might say, “Have you ever planted a garden? What did you plant? How did you take care of the garden?”
  • Either visit the zoo or take a virtual field trip on the web.
    • Talk about the different animals, where they live, their behaviors, what they eat and how they take care of their babies. Use words like habitat, climate, appetite, hunt, predator; and prey. You might say, “What is your favorite animal? Why?”
  • When you read a story, choose two to three new vocabulary words to teach your child.
    • Introduce each word as you come to it in the story. Explain the meaning of the word and provide examples of the word used in different ways. Use the new vocabulary words several times during the next few days.
  • After reading a story, ask your child to retell the story in sequence.
    • You can prompt your child by asking, “What happened first in the story? What happened next? What happened at the end?”