Spring is (hopefully) in the air. Warming temperatures, budding trees, flowers blooming and new baby animals invite a fun array of language learning outdoors (and even indoors on those rainy days.)
Over my next few articles, I will be talking about language concepts - basic, developmental vocabulary words/ideas that build a foundation to support more complex language ideas. These concepts are also functional - meaning, kids use them to complete everyday tasks.
We’ll talk about what these specific words/ideas are and how you can help your child understand and use them.
Each word, by itself, will have meaning in multiple tasks throughout the day. We strengthen the understanding and use of each word through the concept of opposites. And we talk about these concepts as we experience the task or moment.
So - talk to your child. Describe. Ask questions. Provide simple directions. Tell a story.
Here are ideas on how you can focus on opposites in every day activities w/ your child.
shallow/deep (water, where the toy fish swims)
wet/dry (towel, body, bathmat, bath toys)
clean/dirty (body parts, washcloth, water, tub, clothes)
hot/cold (tongue, drinks, foods - taste, touch, freezer, oven)
few/many (food items, ingredients, dishes, bites)
empty/full (bowls/glasses/containers, sink, dishwasher, stomach)
same/different (stuffed animals, toy cars/dolls, blocks, instruments)
fast/slow (animals, toy vehicles, bodies, singing)
long/short (toy train tracks, craft supplies, measure objects)
soft/loud (voices, music, singing)
tight/loose (clothing, doorknobs, toy parts)
first/second (schedules, directions, games)
break/fix (toys, objects, equipment)
healthy/sick (people, animals, plants)
wide/narrow (streets, puddles, paths, buildings)
heavy/light (rocks, twigs, insects, outdoor clothing, rain/snow/wind)