Posted on Monday, November 28, 2016 by Zunaida 2 minutes
From young, language and thinking skills play a very important role in our daily life experiences. We need to use language and think creatively and critically to solve problems, assess the consequences of our actions as well as predict the outcomes of our actions. How are these skills useful to our children? Well, we can ask very simple questions to our children relating to a problem in school or even at home. Questions that can be as simple as, “What happened today in school?”, will often elicit a blank look or a fuddled explanation of the events (as they recalled it) and often bits and pieces of information flying from nowhere.
Most children with speech and language difficulties lack the ability to answer questions and to look logically at everyday problems. Inadequate language and thinking skills also affects how they interact with their peers.
So, what then are the skills that we can teach our children to be efficient learners in language, problem solvers and effective communicators?
Some of the skills that are needed are the ability to visualise simple concepts and to understand the concepts behind the questions. The child needs sequencing activities to understand events. It is best to use routines and stories that the child has prior knowledge about and has previously experienced. The basic story elements of introduction, setting, characters, episodes, outcome prediction, and problem-solution are needed for the child to be active thinkers and problem solvers. Children with speech and language difficulties need to use these skills consistently in their daily life.
There are several things that we can do to apply language and thinking skills into our children’s daily life activities.
For example, I can plan for an activity that I do almost every week. Grocery shopping!
It’s an excellent activity to involve our children and it doesn’t involve sitting at the table or working with worksheets!
Let’s have a plan.
Finally have fun! If you find this post to be useful, please do write and tell me about it.
And to all our readers, we will be taking a blog break in December! Look for our new posts in Jan 2017! Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season and a great HeadStart for 2017!