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English & Language Arts

Your child's world is expanding, and so are the words they can use to describe it.

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They're not just talking more — they're telling stories, making jokes and asking questions that show a deeper understanding of language. Different kinds of storytelling become gateways to new adventures, and you might find them lost in a book or a comic, exploring their own imaginations through the power of words.

Your School-Ager (Ages 6-10)

Children this age make significant leaps in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. They start to read more independently, exploring different genres and even writing their own stories. They develop critical thinking and empathy by connecting with diverse characters and settings. Encouraging these skills at home nurtures a love for language that supports academic success and personal growth.

  • Mastering the Art of Conversation

    Your young conversationalist isn’t just talking more, but taking part in deeper, more meaningful discussions. They’re learning to stay on topic, consider different points of view and using language to negotiate and persuade. This shows an understanding of the nuances of communication.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program provide opportunities for discussion? Look for an environment that supports group projects, debate and storytelling, which can come in many different forms of program content.

  • Reading and Writing With Purpose

    Your child is now reading and writing with clear intent, whether seeking out a specific genre, crafting their own story or writing a letter to a friend. From fiction to nonfiction to poetry and plays, they’re developing preferences and a deeper understanding of reading and writing.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Are there different kinds of reading and writing materials available? Look for activities like book clubs, creative writing projects or journaling. Seek an environment that encourages kids to express themselves and that caters to different interests and skill levels.

  • Exploring Language and Its Power

    Your child may be growing more aware of the power and playfulness of language – enjoying puns, jokes and wordplay. They’re learning about figurative communication, idioms and the nuances that make language fun and expressive.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does program content incorporate different elements of language and communication? Look for activities that encourage children to explore language and appreciate its complexity.

Ideas to Learn and Play Together!

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From morning routines to evening activities, your child continues to develop. Explore these ideas for enhancing their skills and strengthening family bonds. Remember, all children progress at their own pace and in unique ways. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age, check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.

  • Becoming a Storyteller

    Encourage your child to create and share their own stories. Urge them to choose a medium that interests them, be it fiction, poetry, podcasting, comic strips or making short movies. They can approach these stories individually or collaborate with friends — the important part is that they express themselves within a format they can become fascinated by.

  • DIY Reading Nook

    Help your child build their own cozy reading space, complete with pillows, blankets, a chair and lots of books. Look online together to find inspiration. Let them decorate the space to their own liking and encourage them to use it exclusively for reading. This physical space can remind them of the pleasures of reading and helps associate a good story with comfort and fun.

  • Rhyme It

    You likely already know how much preschoolers love to make and play with rhymes! So, be silly & rhyme words anytime you can. Point out rhymes in books and songs. “That was a rhyme! Cat, hat, bat, sat!” Rhymes build phonemic awareness — which means it helps kids understand the sounds that make up words!

  • What's in a Name?

    Ask your child to sign their name to any artwork they do. After all, that is what any great artist would do! If they say they can’t, ask them if it would be okay if you do it, then say each letter as you write it! Remember, writing backwards and upside-down letters are normal. So don’t worry — they will figure it out eventually.

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