Saturday, March 13, 2010

Language Development and Games in Preschool


"Two wrongs don't make a right, 
but three lefts do" 
~Jason Love

So…accidents happen.
Things can get all twisted up somehow…but thank goodness there is a way many things can be made right.
Young children love language. In early childhood education we spend a lot of time talking to preschoolers to give them a great foundation for success. Is it that easy? Talking and spending time with them is part of it, but sure it is! Simply talking with children and engaging with them is part of having fun everyday and really infusing language development into the curriculum.
What I really love to add to the preschool curriculum is tongue twisters. Kids really love to be challenged with tongue twisters as well as adults.
I found that they have been frequently used as part of speech therapy and there really is more to them than just fun and games.
My favorite one liner tongue twister is:

Red Leather, Yellow Leather

Probably because I can say it and the kids can’t….
Oh, and neither can my husband….
This is really a huge victory for me……
I think I need to get out more….sigh.

4 comments:

VKT said...

Lol Barbara...too funny! Did you show this post to your husband? kiddding

Barbra Stephens said...

lol, Three whacks with a wet noodle.
Yes. I showed him.
He still tries...
Victory is mine!

Theresa Milstein said...

When I was a child, I used to LOVE tongue twisters. My seven-year-old daughter takes speech at school - mostly for "sh" and "s". Her favorite part? The tongue twister. It probably helps your little ones with their lisps too.

Barbra Stephens said...

Hi Theresa,
That reminds me, my mom speaks with a lisp-but only when she speaks Spanish, never English...
isn't that interesting?
I''l bet your daughter is coming along quite nicely since she loves them so much. :)