Language education and fostering language development within daily routines at FROEBEL
One of the exciting processes that early childhood professionals can observe in a kindergarten is that of language development.
Very young children usually begin their time in kindergarten with various sounds and utterances, which are slowly followed by the children’s first words and sentences. In the following years, children develop their language skills to the extent that they can express their wishes and can communicate with adults and other children. This is then followed by the interest of older children in symbols and letters combined with their first attempts at writing.
How our early childhood professionals accompany language development in their day-to-day work
Children need competent adults for this process. This is why the area of language is a particular focal point for our early childhood professionals in all FROEBEL centres.
We apply the concept of language education that is integrated into day-to-day routines whereby the activities are designed so as to offer as many language stimuli as possible. This means in practical terms – especially with young children – that early childhood professionals accompany these day-to-day activities linguistically and offer the children a rich vocabulary. At the same time, the first small dialogues are initiated.
With the help of shared activities like, for example, reading picture books, the children’s language development is supported further. In the case of older children, language is also developed within daily routines, for example when everyone is sharing ideas about an experiment. At the same time, the children are encouraged to have their first experience of writing and are given support with this.