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?

  • Create silly songs and rhymes together about things you do, places you go or things you see.
    • For example, put a melody to words that describe simple things like making dinner, your favorite pet or a place that you like to visit. Just remember to sing a song as you go along!
  • During everyday activities introduce new words and explain their meanings.
    • While cooking together, you might say “I need to read this recipe for pudding. The recipe tells me how to make the pudding. Let me see what ingredients I need.”
  • When reading storybooks with your child, ask questions and have a conversation about the pictures and the story.
  • Use words that describe what you see/hear/smell/feel.
    • For example, when you are at the supermarket, talk about the different shapes, sizes and colors of the food items you add to your cart and how you will use them.
  • Create games where you give simple instructions.
    • For example, you might use action words as you play Simon Says with your child. Choose simple instructions that get your child moving and listening such as “Simon says hop two times. Simon says wiggle like a worm and then tiptoe around a chair."