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How to promote oral language in children

How to promote oral language in children

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Oral language is the vehicle with which we express ourselves and make ourselves understood by others, which is why it is so important to start mastering it as soon as possible, since it can become decisive in later academic performance.

The first tool we have when it comes to expressing our oral language is the voice, we are born with it and in all people it is different. If we pronounce and inton the words correctly we will make ourselves understood well. We all perceive in the speaker, humor, sarcasm, mockery, irony, because oral language it helps us to express and interpret words.

It is clear that the child is the first to be involved in their own learning, so their participation in all the activities carried out for this purpose will be very important.

Our goal will be for the child to pay us their attention and for this it is essential that they feel comfortable and motivated, and that can sometimes be difficult. Some of the causes that most negatively influence a child when it comes to expressing themselves are shyness and shame, therefore, promoting oral language will be very beneficial for them and they will be able to overcome it naturally through games. We will start by strengthening the basic vocabulary so that they feel safe.

1. Onomatopoeias
It can be very fun to imitate the sounds of animals (onomatopoeia) and play to put voices and make up stories. Can you imagine giving an elephant a voice? And an ant? And if we exchange them? If we accompany it with gestures, (body language), much better.

2. Rhymes, tongue twisters and riddles
Rhymes, tongue twisters, riddles, playing with synonyms and antonyms etc. They are also resources to work on oral language while children have fun.

3. Theater
Engaging everyone's participation, encouraging small debates, performing theaters, reading stories, can be very beneficial in acquiring the desired oral language. Understanding that participating and communicating implies listening to the other, because otherwise it would not make sense.

4. Look up words in the dictionary
It is a very thoughtful habit to look up unfamiliar words in the dictionary. Encourage your children to search for words they find in the texts in the dictionary. It is sure to be fun and very instructive for them.

Here is a children's poem to practice oral language with children. Remember that timbre, intonation, intention when speaking it is definitive when it comes to transmitting the message well. Discussion afterwards will always be beneficial by encouraging everyone to participate.


Do you want to know a secret?,

said the monkey to the frog,

and going down the branches,

swung from a liana.

But you must promise me

that you will not tell anyone:

near the river there is a toad

which has a black mole.

The gossip of the frog,

immediately went to look,

and he found some bunnies,

who played jumping.

Hey! Bunny friends!

He called out to them.

Do you want me to tell you a secret?

he said lowering his voice,

and all the bunnies

they ran around.

But you must promise me

that you will not tell anyone:

a toad lives in the river

who has a beige freckle.

The gossiping bunnies,

they went to look at the river,

and in a stone they found

to a sleeping crocodile.

Hey! - they yelled - crocodile!

scaring him at the same time.

We tell you a secret

if you promise not to tell:

there is a little toad in the river

that has a very white mole

Without paying attention to them,

to bathe he went to the river,

and saw the toad in the mole

behind a hidden stone.

The crocodile swam,

and since he was not a gossip,

enjoying their bath,

crossed to the other shore.

To finish I leave you a phrase from Carmen Conde: 'Language is the most human thing that exists. It is a privilege of man. Each word carries with it a life, a state, a feeling '.

It is very important that children acquire and know at each age more and more words, as well as their meaning and their association with things. Having a good vocabulary will help them express themselves better and be understood in a better way by others. Here are some tips, as well as games, to increase the vocabulary of your children.

Games to expand the vocabulary of children by age. We present more than 20 fun games to expand the vocabulary of children by age: between 18 and 36 months, 3 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years and 8 to 12 years, because each phase requires a series of activities for language acquisition to be successful.

Fun tricks to increase the vocabulary of children. There are guidelines that help us teach children to expand vocabulary. This can be beneficial for children to develop language. A larger vocabulary will teach the child to express himself better. We show you what are the guidelines you should follow if you want your child to learn new words. Guidelines for teaching new words to children.

Tips to stimulate the vocabulary of children. On our site we tell you a series of activities that you can do with your child to stimulate his vocabulary. Activities to stimulate the child's language and expand his vocabulary.

Game to increase children's vocabulary: Word Search. Games to improve children's vocabulary. Alphabet soup game for children. How to make a word puzzle to play with children. How to play to solve a word puzzle. Word games for children. Games for children in which you will only use pencil and paper.

Infallible tricks for children increase their vocabulary. For all those parents who are looking for help for their child to increase their vocabulary, we recommend the Mega Bloks blocks with which they can make shapes and scenes of everyday life.

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