Language development from 3 to 5 years old

Little one’s language takes a huge leap as they grow more connections in the part of the brain that puts words into sentences.

Little one can follow directions with more than one step, describe events in the right order and talk through feelings.

Read and share stories, especially using books without pictures because:

  • words on their own help little one imagine the story and make them want to read on their own
  • little one can expand on the words of parents/carers
  • it can encourage little one to speak about the story, which further helps their language develop
  • seeing and hearing language improves the language pathways in the brain, including understanding word sounds, what words mean and how they are put together. These pathways help little one speak more quickly and correctly.
Published — 25 June 2019 Last updated — 25 June 2019

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