Oxfordshire County Council have launched Chatty Tuesdays: great ideas to support communication, language and literacy development.
Today’s Top Tip is to encourage children to listen to the sounds around them. Go for a listening walk and chat together about the sounds that you can hear. Use your voice to copy the sounds. Find pictures in books, magazines and on the internet of things making the noises you hear. Tuning into the sounds they can hear around them, such as dogs barking, car engines, birds singing, will help young children start to hear the difference between these sounds – an essential early language skill which also supports early phonics.