Get Your Kids Talking!
One of the most effective ways to get your kids to improve the way they speak is to get them to talk more. There are many things you can do with them. But the point here is for you to get it started, and you need to be involved.
Here are 2 things you can do:
- Let’s Be Tour Guides For a Day
Get your children to be your tour guide around your neighbourhood or at any of the local attractions like the zoo or bird park.
The aim of this activity is to get your children to describe to you the things they see and hear. These could be plants, animals, activities that people are involved in or anything else in the surroundings that they notice.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Pick a place where you and your kids will have fun. It should be a place where there will be things to see and preferably activities to do.
- Tell your child/children to pretend that you are a foreigner and you have never been to the place before. Do not be embarrassed to do this. No one knows what you and your kids are up to anyway.
- Be prepared to prompt your kids as you go along. Ask them questions that set them thinking and talking like a tour guide.
This activity is suitable for kids aged 3 – 12 years old.
- Find Time to Chat
This activity is simple to do but families don’t do it often. Take down these simple steps to have a great time chatting with your children:
- Choose an appropriate time and place to chat. You can turn off the television during dinner so that it is conducive for a chat. Or you can take them out for a nice meal.
- Choose a topic that will interest your children. You will need to do a little homework to be prepared to engage them. For example, ask them about a film or TV programme they just watched or a computer game they like.
- Prompt them by asking open-ended questions, i.e. “what” and “why” questions so that they cannot give you “yes/no” replies should they have little to say.
- Do not correct your kids too much when they are new to this activity. Also, keep away from asking them about school work or things that they may not like to talk about.
- Remember your aim is to get them to speak to you.
This activity is suitable for kids of any age, including teens.