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NAN: Fostering Language and Literacy Development in Preschoolers

Children learn proper conversational style from their interactions with caring adults. Adults model pronunciation, diction, tone, and sentence structure.  Nannies should speak clearly and articulately when the children are in her care to foster a preschooler’s language development.

During this stage of development, children are beginning to recognize letters and numbers, detect and make rhymes, can listen longer and retell stories and start learning their letter names and sounds.

Nannies can help to build language and literacy development in preschoolers by building oral language skills through talk using a robust vocabulary, helping children to gain phonic awareness, fostering familiarity with letters and numbers, and by encouraging children’s attempts at reading and spelling. 

Nannies should also regularly read aloud to preschoolers and talk with the children about the books they are reading. Nannies can track the words with her finger to help the child follow along in the text. Nannies should also encourage the child to write his name and other familiar words and to engage in alphabet activities.  Dramatic play activities like playing restaurant and taking orders provides opportunities for children to learn how written language works. 

Nannies can foster language development by being an attentive listener when a preschooler is speaking. By modeling good listing skills and showing interest in what a child has to say a nanny can help to boost a preschooler’s confidence in communicating and his language development.

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Fostering Language and Literacy Development in Preschoolers