Learning to speak is one of most important and one of the most difficult skills that a child learns. It may seem that it happens naturally but parents play a significant role in the process. This is all the more important when learning a minority language.
The more that children are spoken to in Irish, the greater the chance that they will become a good speaker, full of confidence and happiness within themselves.
- Talk to the children throughout the day, whether you are breastfeeding, bathing or nappy changing.
- Speak about the things you see on your way to the shops or the supermarket. Speak about the things that the child seems to have an interest in.
- Look at the child when you are speaking to them and give them a chance to respond to the conversation.
- Respond to the child’s whining.
- Lie down with them to read books or chat about the pictures.
- Have fun with rhymes and poems.
- Listen carefully to the child and give them a chance to finish what they are saying.
- If they say something incorrect, say it the correct way.
- Watch the television together so you can discuss what is happening in the programmes.