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How language develops in your child’s mind

Sugandha Tiwari
3 to 7 years

Created by Sugandha Tiwari
Updated on Nov 17, 2016

How language develops in your childs mind

At three years, most children begin to use language in their own sort of way! They try asking questions and like to share the little things that they are discovering every day. By preschool, they understand simple instructions like ‘wash your hands’ or ‘don’t make noise’. It’s around this time that a child starts using sentence-like expressions to relay her thoughts to you, could be her experiences at the school, playground or wherever she goes with or without you.

It’s a joy to see a child develop vocal expressions – and here’s the thing: Before the first word and the first sentence, there is a whole lot of prep that she has done all on her own. Let’s cover some of her milestones…

 ‘Train’ comes out as ‘tain’. Though most of the times she speaks coherently, there would be some words where her pronunciation may not be as clear as you want it to be. That’s okay! By the age of three, almost all the sounds are developed, except K and S. As your child will turn 4, her vocal skills will get more polished.

Three-four word sentences: While she would be struggling to make you understand certain words, she would also be able to speak few words fluently. You would be pleasantly surprised by her success. In fact, most parents wonder: ‘Now where did she learn that word from?!’

Understanding of pronouns such as ‘I’, ‘she’ and so on:  By the age of four, most children are able to use pronouns while narrating incidents related to friends or classmates or teachers.

Grammar and structure: Not all children would have started speaking grammatically correct sentences, be it in the family language or the language that is being taught in school. To make your child speed up on this front, correct her gently whenever she makes a mistake. It is important to encourage your child to speak, so don’t lose out on patience; be gentle.

Making stories:  By now, she would not only have started understanding short simple stories but also would try to string her own thoughts and create some stories of her own.

Surprise, surprise: Oh well! Be prepared for some strong words coming your way, as your child develops the understanding and use of abstract words like ‘love’ and ‘hate’. For instance, in a good mood she might say ‘love you mama’, but then she might use the ‘hate’ word just as easily, when you stop her from doing something.

 Concepts, size, opposites and more: It’s such a pleasure to see your child understand the concept of opposites or the difference between ‘up’ and ‘down’; ‘small’ and ‘big’ – and she might even be pointing it all out to you. She would also have some understanding of time intervals and seasons. This is the time to introduce puzzles that strengthen her understanding of form, colour and size.

Things to know

  • Language development, in particula,r requires a whole lot of positive stimulation and exposure.
  • Interaction with people and the world around plays a key role – talk to your child as much as you can. Encourage other family members and friends to do the same.
  • Browsing through books and other such material with big pictures and relevant words will help your child cover more distance in less time. 
  • Encourage peer interaction. Make opportunities for your child to mingle and converse, as you keep a close watch.

Enjoy your child’s little victories every day and soon you will have her chatting with you and scouting for chances to chat with others! Let her take some liberties as you keep a close watch – it will do wonders to her self-confidence. 

Do you remember when your child spoke her first sentence? What did she say? We would love to have you share the experience with us. The comments section awaits your story! 

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| Jul 10, 2017

Dear Parents, Kindly share if you would like to read on some other topics as well. I shall be more than happy to write.

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| Feb 07, 2017

wonderful! some useful tips to make life better of a parent and a child relationship. being away at work for most of the time in a day, u are left with just a few hours to spend with your child. Well in my case, I met my child only once a week and only for a few hours. This is when I came to know that she tend to forget me every time she saw me the next time. But now I have the job in the same city, we live together. She shares a bond of love now. She knows my presence and absence. She enquires of me. We play in the evening as soon as I arrive home. But, technology is playing a spoil sport here.

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| Jan 26, 2017

very useful tips for good parenting

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| Jan 10, 2017

Nice article

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| Jan 05, 2017

So nice tips

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| Dec 30, 2016

thanks

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| Dec 28, 2016

Must read for every parent.

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| Nov 24, 2016

useful tips

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| Nov 17, 2016

Thank you

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| Nov 17, 2016

useful tips

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| Nov 17, 2016

Very nice.... I can relate the blog with Rik's development. ... Rik first word was Baba.....

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| Nov 17, 2016

Very nicely explained. very useful. Thank you very much.

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