Preschoolers’ verbal skills

Parents who take the time to ask their preschoolers to verbalize in response to questions about a story they are reading together may improve the child’s verbal skills, according to a study from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Parents in the study group were asked to stop reading from time to time to ask their two to three-year-old child questions regarding the story. They were to avoid questions that could be answered with a simple yes or no, but to ask open-ended questions such as “What is the character doing?” The child’s answer was to be praised and enlarged on by the parent.
After one month, verbal development of the children in the study group was more than six months ahead of those who were merely read to. (Parent’s Magazine, February, 1989) Copyright 1989 Phylis Austin

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