Skip to content

Ask Away!

This section is dedicated to all of you who have questions. Feel free to send in any questions to denisepalermo@etobicokechildren.com.

Question 

Here’s a question that many Early Childhood Educators have been asking lately: As RECE’s we use a great deal of open ended questions; “What’s that?” or “What are you making?” I’m finding a great deal of the children in my particular child care have limited language and don’t seem to know how to answer these questions. Is there any way to stimulate conversation and support their language development?

Answer

There sure is! Children with limited language skills, vocabulary, or social skills often answer these types of questions with a yes or no. This ends the interaction and interferes with a potential learning opportunity. Try to simply observe what the child is currently playing with, or which activity they are involved in. Try not to ask questions initially. Make comments and label their actions; “You are feeding the baby.” Don’t be afraid to pause to see if you get a reaction. Provide a question with two possible concrete choices; “Are you feeding your baby milk or apple juice?” However the child responds, reinforce and keep going. Repeat back their choice and expand. The conversation will flow and language learning has begun.