and speaking skills in kids help them to listen and express their feelings and
thoughts. Find out how you can help in getting the child to talk and express her feelings.
Researchers are of the opinion that kids require ample listening and
talking opportunities in order to effectively develop language skills. These
two activities in turn help the kid to develop and improve their reading and writing skills as well.
Every time you talk to a child, you will notice that placing open ended
questions and holding an engaging conversation always helps the kid to open up,
express his feelings through words and sentences. This activity is a great aid
in developing and polishing the language skill in the child. He simultaneously
learns the importance of listening to a conversation, a discussion and speaking
at the right time, or answering questions, when they are put before them. So,
the focus actually lies in providing the correct environment for the child.
Listing and Speaking Skills
The success in developing the ability to read and write is thus depends a
lot on how well they are able to see and hear their parents, peers, teachers
and others in their immediate environment interact. Help to ensure that the
child gets opportunities like:
- They should be
able to hear you speak for various reasons, that is, as a part of daily
- They are able
to listen in order to attain information on something or even for simple
instructions or directive must be given to them through speech.
- It also helps
the kid to learn listen and speak when you ask them questions and also
answer their queries.
- Ask the kid
open ended questions, so that the child is inclined to answer them.
Encourage them to elaborate and expand on the one-liners.
- Play different fun
games in order to introduce the kid to new words and help in enhancing
- Engage the
child in conversations on various topics throughout the day.
Other Tips for Parents
Here are some more
tips through which parents can aid the
development of listening and speaking skills in kids.
Speak Clearly and Slowly
At times, you might find the child unable to understand if you are talking in your normal speedy flow. So, slow down and
be clear with words and pronunciations when you speak to them. This will help
them understand words in a better way. You intonation should also be clear.
Engage Child in Discussions
Build up an environment for discussion. As mentioned earlier,
discussions help the kid to listen to other people speak and also participate
in it. So take turns in speaking while you are holding discussions on a certain
Teach Usage of Different Words
Help the kid understand that language is a means of communication, and
he is required to use words in order to express his feelings and thoughts.
Encourage the kid to speak up and do not make fun or be critical straight away
on the way that he tries to express himself.
Basically, you have to make efforts on getting the child to talk. Apart
from the regular opportunities mentioned above, say another activity like
reading out a bedtime story to the kid and asking the child about what he
thinks about a certain character in the story, or encourage him to predict on
what he thinks will happen next, or maybe try making references in order to
build connections between what he is listening and things happening in real
life. This activity will help him in building his associative skills as well.
He will also develop the quality of being attentive, when he is being spoken
to; thus becoming a good and appreciative listener.