What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. Read on to learn more about the Talk concept and how the way you talk to your child can help build their vocabulary.
Every time you talk to your 0- to 5-year-old you are helping to build their vocabulary and their language skills. Narrating your day-to-day activities builds your child’s background knowledge, which is what they take with them to school. Children rely on their background knowledge when beginning the process of learning to read. You can equip your child with a bounty of background knowledge to pull from in Kindergarten, by providing rich narratives in the early years.
Compare the following directions given to a young child.
“We need to hurry.”
”I’m going to need you to step on the gas, buddy. That means we need to hurry up. Grandpa is waiting for us at the park so let’s get your shoes tied.”
Both statements might get the same result in the moment, but the second one provides so much more vocabulary.
And don’t avoid using words they may not understand. Use them and then explain them.
“We also need to run to the grocery store to buy ingredients to make Daddy’s favorite dinner. It’s a spicy dish, which means it’s a little bit hot in your mouth.”
These are perfectly appropriate narratives for a child anywhere from 0 to 5 years old. This is because you are not looking for instant comprehension; you are building a history of words that your child will have already heard before they ever begin formal education. No, your child will not grasp every word, but imagine the impact such rich narratives will have on your pre-reader as the years build upon each other.
Storytimes are starting up again this week - check our events calendar for dates and times at your library location. Attending storytimes is a wonderful way to increase the vocabulary your child hears each day!