There are many forms of communication such as body language, sign language, universal symbols, music, dance, oral and written language. Body language is the first form of language we are able to communicate with. As an adult, we focus very much on spoken language rather than body language from a person and it may get a bit frustrating when we are not told what is wrong in a verbal manner even if it still emerging within a child. This is the time when the child may become frustrated when the adult does not understand their meaning. Though it can get frustrating on the adult’s end as well we should genuinely show interest in what the child wants and simply say to them “show me” and the child at this age will also create some way of asking/showing what everything is by either pointing or verbalizing.

Children act and react by what they have seen as well as what they hear. At this age level, it is very important to use full and exact words of what you are meaning to say. ( i.e. Dog instead of doggy, or tissue rather than Kleenex.) The child is absorbing everything he hears to begin or continue to develop his language communication but also himself as a person. 

In the classroom, we help develop the child’s vocabulary, body language, oral language, and music and dancing. Some of these forms can be done simultaneously such as singing and dancing. When developing their vocabulary, we use a three-period lesson.  The three-period lesson is a multi-sensory experience.  More neural connections are made in the brain because more senses are used which increases the possibilities for vocabulary to be stored in long-term memory.  The children use the sense of touch, sight, and sound to absorb language in a three period lesson. 

The child, merely by going on with his life, learns to speak the language belonging to his race. It is like a mental chemistry that takes place in the child.
— Maria Montessori
AuthorRebeca Flores