Chit Chat… This and That

February 27, 2012

4 year old children are great at conversations. They love to talk about details of all sorts of important subjects. Your child needs to find out all about life. Talking is very crucial to understanding how the world works.

Did you know?

  •  At 4 years old, your child will be using around 1500 different words.
    •  Your child will understand even more!
  • At 5 years old, your child will have even a broader range of words that they will use and understand.
  • Expect longer, more complex conversations from your preschooler.
  • The topics and stories will be very entertaining!
  • Your child will know some nursery rhymes
  • Your child will be speaking clearly.  However, they may still not use some sounds properly (  say “th” for “s” or “w” for “r” )
  • Ask your child the “why, when, how” questions when talking
  • Your child will now be more interested in questions and can argue and give their own ideas about things
  • Talk about what might happen or what they would like to have happen

Your child will start using more:

  • connecting words (‘yet’, ‘and’, ‘but’)
  • Emotion words (‘cuddly’, ‘sad’, ‘giggly’)
  • Adjectives (‘skinny’, ‘round’, ‘warm’)

Talk with your children. Talk about anything that comes to mind. You may be surprised at what your preschooler will come up with.  Playing word games and telling stories is a great way to encourage your child to talk more and express what is on their mind. Singing and expressing simple nursery rhymes is a great way to encourage conversation.

Some examples of common Nursery Rhymes are as follows:

Diddle, diddle, dumpling, my son John,
Went to bed with his trousers on;
One shoe off, and one shoe on,
Diddle, diddle, dumpling, my son John!

Pat a cake, Pat a cake, baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
Pat it and prick it and mark it with a ‘B’,
And put it in the oven for Baby and me.

Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon!