How to Full up your Child's Language Bank

How to Full up your Child's Language Bank

So I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…one of the most important things you can do to support your child language is to ask fewer questions and make more comments.

One of the way that you can remember this is the ‘one hand rule’. So when you’re reading a book with your little one, think I’m only going to ask one question - that’s your thumb, but I’m going to make four comments.

one hand rule

That makes the ratio of comments to questions 4:1. So you’re feeding in more for your little one that you’re taking out. You’re putting language into their language bank instead of taking it out.

So new time you’re reading, make four comments, then ask one question.

Make sure you're making more deposits and fewer withdrawals! It's as simple as that. When you catch yourself asking your child questions, do your best to turn them into a comment instead. This means you'll be doing more teaching than testing.

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