School readiness very much applies even in a remote setup. And with the global health crisis, parents need to take an even more active role in assessing their child. One of the signs of preschool readiness is a child’s communication skills.
Children should be able to communicate wants and needs that an unfamiliar adult can understand. Being able to communicate lessens the frustration of your child, and it will also prevent meltdowns. It also aids in socialization or making friends.
This is crucial: All evidence tells us that to improve communication skills, parents must engage in face-to-face conversations with children.
In the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) website, they share a checklist for Hearing and Communicative Development. Here are some of the communicative items per age.
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3 to 4 years
Answers simple “Who?” “What?” “Where?” and “Why?” questions
Talks about activities at daycare, preschool, or friends’ homes
Uses sentences with four or more words
Speaks easily without having to repeat syllables or words
4 to 5 years
Uses sentences that give many details
Tells stories that stay on topic
Communicates easily with other children and adults
Says most sounds correctly except a few (l, s, r, v, z, ch, sh, th)
Uses rhyming words
Names some letters and numbers
Uses adult grammar
Barbara Server-Veloso is known as Teacher Thumby in her preschool, Toddlers Unlimited, and Ms. Thumby in her grade school, Thinkers Unlimited, Alabang. She is also a partner in Spark Discovery Center in Jupiter Street, Makati where she teaches the Baby and Me Class. Teacher Thumby has a Masters degree from the University of the Philippines in Family Life and Child Development. She has been teaching since 1993. She is also the mother of Lucas and Verena.