Children learn language through both formal and informal language interactions. These opportunities can be planned and unplanned by adults. A dad can support his child's oral language development by taking time to talk his child on a daily basis. A dad can stimulate conversation by asking questions about feelings, events, and objects in his child's everyday world. You might even support oral language development by talking to your child as you engage in dramatic play with him or her. Some more structured ways of supporting your child's oral language development include:
1) Scaffolding--Providing support as children attempt more difficult language skills
2) Modeling--Providing clear examples for children to use as they develop language skills
3) Distancing--Posing open ended questions related to a child's feelings and thoughts
4) Feedback--Providing verbal feedback to encourage, support and reinforce language skills
5) NarrativeTalk--Engaging in authentic conversations with children
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My name is Dr. Terry Husband and I am an Associate Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Literacy at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. I am also a father of three beautiful daughters and passionate about reading. Research suggests that fathers play a very critical role in a child's literacy development. At the same time, many fathers are unsure how they might best support their child's literacy development outside of school. This blog is designed to encourage and support fathers as they read to and with their children on a regular basis outside of school. As you browse this blog, you will find articles, tools, and links to assist you in this journey. I hope you enjoy!