Language and language interventions at FRÖBEL
One of the most exciting developments that education professionals in kindergartens are able to follow is the process of language development.
Very young children usually begin their time at kindergarten when they first start prattling, then go on to form their first words, followed by their first sentences. In the following years the children’s language competence develops to the point where they can express their wishes and communicate with adults and other children. In older children this expands to an interest in symbols and writing, and the first attempts to write themselves.
How professionals guide language development integrated in daily life
Children need the backing of competent adults for this process. This is why language is a special focus of the professionals in all FRÖBEL centres.
We pursue a policy of integrated language learning, in which daily life is organised to offer as much incentive to learn language as possible. In concrete terms, for young children this means that the education professionals offer language guidance during daily activities and present the children with a rich vocabulary. At the same time they initiate the first little dialogues.
Language development is further supported by joint activities like reading picture books. With older children language learning is encouraged through everyday activities such as discussions about experiments they are planning and performing. Children are also encouraged to gain their first experience of written language and given the necessary support.