Language and Literacy for 2 Year Olds

Preschool_tree (1)When I was little, my little sister’s hiccups in language development would drive me crazy. She used to say things like “counsint” instead of “cousin”. Enough to drive a know-it-all second grader crazy! My baby boy now finds frustration in his own hiccups in language development. I just can’t help but find it entertaining and endearing. I love watching the way he almost gets the meaning of a phrase but doesn’t quite get it right.

For instance, he’ll say things like, “We are all peoples!” or “What is that dinosaur doing on top of those mans?”

This week, he was playing with his bath letters. He laid four in a row and said, “Q H I P spells letters!”

Not quite there, kiddo, but good effort!

I’m pretty sure he got the idea of spelling by watching the show “Super Why” on PBS. In case you’re considering tar-and-feathering me for letting my kid watch TV, I was one of those parents that guaranteed my boy was never going to watch TV.

Then, my husband deployed to Iraq.

Now we have a portable DVD player in the car. We’re still pretty choosy about what he watches, though. For instance, Toy Story 3 is simply too violent. We do love “Super Why” on PBS. I truly believe that Harrison has learned from it, based on the evidence that he knew letters late in the alphabet when we weren’t past learning about G or H.

Because I’m an editor with a Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science, our household is predisposed to an overabundance of literacy and language development activities. One of our favorite times to practice letters is during bath time, with the aforementioned bath letters. We make up songs and dance the letters around on the side of the tub. Harrison loves it.

Come to think of it, our other favorite language development game is related to songs as well. Daddy or I will sing a song and have our boy sing a missing word. So, Daddy will sing something like, “The itsy bitsy…” and Harrison sings, “Spider!” He thinks it’s hilarious and we love it, too.

One of the resources we used early on for language was the website of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, but we’ve somewhat outgrown it.

Do you have any favorite language or literacy activities?

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