Parenting articles, news and tips on raising happy, healthy, successful kids and teens. Language and communication skills are critical to a child’s development. Good development of vocabulary for preschool children makes them better able to engage in socialization and to learn from their environment and from formal classroom instruction. Phonology involves the rules about the structure and sequence of speech sounds.
Semantics consists of vocabulary and how concepts are expressed through words. The first, syntax, is the rules in which words are arranged into sentences. Pragmatics involves the rules for appropriate and effective communication. From birth on, children are programmed to develop speech and language. The first five years are most critical but language development continues throughout early childhood and on into adolescence. During the first five years stimulation of language development is important as the brain is both developing new nerve cells as well as multiple connections between nerve cells to serve the function of language both expressive and receptive.