Oral language is an extremely important step in the development of literacy and is an integral part of the learning to read and write process. It is essential that these skills become well developed now as without strong oral language skills reading and writing development could suffer. I have been doing some oral language assessment in the classroom and have noticed that this is an area we need practice in so we are learning to really listen to one another in order to understand what is being said. We are also practicing answering in full sentences and adding details to make what we are saying more interesting to our audience. I have posted a few articles below to hep you understand what oral language is and why it is so important. We are really working on discouraging the one word answers some of the children are giving! Encourage your child to use a full sentence and tell you why by using words like because!
First Grader Language Milestones
What is Oral Language In Reading Development?
40 Questions That Get Kids Talking
Empowering Conversations With Your Child
Conversations With Children: Beyond One Word Answers