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Sports for Language Development

Sports for Language Development  Most children are more interested in playing than doing something boring – like school work. This is especially true during the summer when children feel they are supposed to be free of books, reading, and language drills. Fortunately, playing and language development perfectly complement each other. Read More »

Bilingual Language Development at the Zoo

Zoo Time It is rare to find a child who is not enthralled with animals. Big animals, little animals, wild animals, and domestic animals all tend to draw children out of their shells. This is why a trip to the zoo is the perfect opportunity to work on language development skills. Children are far more likely to talk about what they see and what the animals are doing than they are to spontaneously erupt into conversation in a language that is still difficult. Read More »

I Spy at the Park Activity for Language Learners

I Spy at the Park – Activities for Younger Language Learners Language acquisition doesn’t have to end over the summer. Indeed, there are a number of activities that are perfectly suited to outdoor adventures such as a trip to the local park. Use these outings as a fun opportunity to play language building games such as I Spy and Simon Says. Colors Colors are one of the easiest concepts to incorporate into a game of I Spy. Explain to the children the only hint they are allowed to give is the color of the object they see. It is then up to you to figure out what the object is. Encourage them to be as specific as they can – they can use words like maroon, lime green, or cherry red. This will allow them to practice their color vocabulary, encourage creativity, and help them identify objects of similar colors as you make guesses. Be sure to guess a variety of objects each turn, taking care to point them out in case the student is unsure of what each word is referring to. For example, if the child spies something purple, that is probably a flower, but there is a purple car, shirt, or sign nearby; include the other objects as well. Read More »

Activities for Younger Language Learners…

I Spy at the Park – Activities for Younger Language Learners Language acquisition doesn’t have to end over the summer. Indeed, there are a number of activities that are perfectly suited to outdoor adventures such as a trip to the local park. Use these outings as a fun opportunity to play language building games such as I Spy and Simon Says. Colors Colors are one of the easiest concepts to incorporate into a game of I Spy. Explain to the children the only hint they are allowed to give is the color of the object they see. It is then up to you to figure out what the object is. Encourage them to be as specific as they can – they can use words like maroon, lime green, or cherry red. This will allow them to practice their color vocabulary, encourage creativity, and help them identify objects of similar colors as you make guesses. Be sure to guess a variety of objects each turn, taking care to point them out in case the student is unsure of what each word is referring to. For example, if the child spies something purple, that is probably a flower, but there is a purple car, shirt, or sign nearby; include the other objects as well. Read More »