This Core Skill is all about a child’s ability to communicate with others productively. This includes the development of vocabulary and the skills needed to both understand and express language.
Educators can support these skills by creating an engaging and social classroom that encourages opportunities to frequently use language.
Explore ways you can support young children's language skills
Communicating and Speaking
Model, repeat, comment on, and encourage children’s use of language.
Listening and Understanding
Support children’s ability to understand what is being said around them.
Introduce, teach, and repeat selected words to develop children’s vocabularies.
Explore ways you can support young children's literacy skills
Draw attention to, comment on, and label print features.
Comment on the purpose and function of writing, and provide opportunities for children to practice writing.
Sound and Rhyme Awareness
Listen to, label, and comment on hearing sounds in words.
Label, comment on, and practice manipulating sounds and sound patterns.
Early Language and Literacy Resources
Be sure to check out these and other additional resources designed by our partners at Virginia Literacy Partnerships (VLP) to help you support young children’s Communicate skills.