Why is it important to learn language at early age?
Speech, language and communication skills are crucial to young children’s overall development. Being able to speak clearly and process speech sounds, to understand others, to express ideas and interact with others are fundamental building blocks for a child’s development.
Language development is the process by which children come to understand and communicate language during early childhood.
It is of the the important aspects of cognitive development. In language Development we acquire the ability to learn, use, comprehend and manipulate skills of language.
Developing language skills is of absolute importance for young children’s success later in life both as social beings and in pursuing an education.
From birth up to age of five children develop language at a very rapid pace. In general girls develop language at a faster rate than boys. More than any other aspect of development, language development reflects the growth and maturation of the brain.
Did you know that you can start teaching your baby to talk even before he or she is born? Studies have shown that babies can recognize music and other sounds that they experience while in the mother’s womb.
Towards the end of pregnancy, a fetus begins to hear sounds and speech coming from outside the mother’s body. Infants are acutely attuned to the human voice and prefer it to other sounds. Between three to six months most infants has the ability to mimic sounds , inflections,and gestures. Babble for attention , cry differently out of pain or hunger, blow bubbles, respond to changes in a tone of voice.
Between nine and twelve months babies may begin to listen when spoken to, understand gestures, responds to simple requests, shout and scream, know their own names, understand “no”, use “mama” and “dada”for any person.
During the second year of life language development proceeds at very different rates in different children. Between 12-15 months child begin to recognize names, laugh approximately, use partial words, ask for help with gestures.
At 18 to 24 months of age toddlers come to understand that there are words for everything and their language development gains momentum. About 50 of a child’s first words are universal: names of foods, animals, family members, toys , vehicles, and clothing. Usually children first learn general nouns, such as “flower” instead of “dandelion,” and they may overgeneralize words, such as calling all toys.
Three to four-year-olds usually understand most of what they hear, can converse , use pronouns correctly, tell stories. At the age of five most children can talk constantly, follow three consecutive commands, use generally correct grammar.
Six year-olds usually can correct their own grammar and mispronunciations. Most children double their vocabularies between six and eight years of age and begin reading at about age seven. A major leap in reading comprehension occurs at about nine. Ten-year-olds begin to understand figurative word meanings.
Adolescents generally speak in an adult manner, gaining language maturity throughout high school.
Role of Parents
Language development is enriched by verbal interactions with other children and adults. Studies have shown that children of talkative parents have twice the vocabulary as those of quiet parents.
In addition language-based interactions appear to increase a child’s capacity to learn. Parents should encourage their child’s Language Development by:
- talking to them as much as possible and giving them opportunities to respond, perhaps with a smile; short periods of silence help teach the give-and-take of conversation.
- Addressing the baby by name.
- Asking questions.
- Avoiding pronouns and articles.
- Singing songs.
- Expand on toddler’s single words.
- Put words on the child’s gestures.
- Name colours
- Count items
- Ask your 3 year old child yes or no questions.
- Talk about what the child and parent are doing each day.
By this, Language Development is very important for child better growth and development it affects its overall development in a positive way , one just need to be more focused.
Are you focusing on your child’s Language Development or not?