Language Development Toddlers 3-4 Years Old


This year if full of language growth, both receptively and expressively. With the games listed below, you can easily target your child’s speech and language development through daily interactions.

Introduction

Before we jump into techniques, it is important to learn the basics of language development. Knowing the theory is crucial when practicing language skills with your child. 

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Speech and Language Development Milestones

Before you get started, review the speech and language milestones for children 2-3 years old.

If you want a checklist to print and keep track of progress, please clink on the link: Toddler 3-4 Years Old Speech and Language Milestone Checklist. Otherwise, review the chart below. 

Speech & Language Milestones: 3-4 Years

Expressive Language

Receptive Language

Articulation

  • Uses about 500 words 
  • Speaks with 4+ word phrases 
  • Talks about  events with a  simple story structure 
  • Uses regular past tense verbs 
  • Uses possessive –s: mommy’s keys 
  • Recognizes songs and can sing them
  • Understands 900 words 
  • Knows colors 
  • Answers age appropriate yes/no questions 
  • Answers simple WH questions: who, what, where, what doing 
  • NG (i.e., running) 
  • 80% intelligible to unfamiliar listeners


If you want a checklist to print and keep track of progress, please clink on the link: Toddler 3-4 Years Old Speech and Language Milestone Checklist


Toddler Language Learning Techniques
3-4 Years Old

Articulation: Speech Skills

The sounds below should be mastered by three years of age. This includes saying the sounds correctly in the beginning, middle, and end of words. 

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Colors

By 3.5 years of age, a child should be able to identify and name colors. If not, there are simple ways to learn this skill throughout the day. The key to learning colors is to keep it natural.

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Color Games

Grammar Time

Some children don’t need to be directly taught grammar since they just pick it up by listening to others. However, for some, picking up grammar is more tricky. These children need direct instruction as well as A LOT MORE EXPOSURE during structured play. By 4 years of age, a child should be able to use regular past tense verbs and the possessive ‘s’ correctly in conversational speech.

This section is divided into 2 sections based on the grammar skills described above:

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WH Questions

WH questions are questions that begin with “who,” “where,” “what,” “when,” “why,” and “how.” The ability to answer WH questions is a very important academic and social skill. However, this skill can be difficult for some children to learn. Some children need to be directly taught what each question is asking and then how to answer it. 

By four years of age, a child should be able to answer “who,” “what,” and “where” so this section covers: 

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Simple Story Structure

The VERY important skill of narrative/story structure begins around 3-4 years of age . This skill is crucial for writing, reading comprehension, expressive language abilities and social language skills. By 4 years of age, a child should be able to tell:

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Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness is extremely  important for later reading and writing skills. By 4 years of age, a child should be able to identify if words rhyme and even rhyme words.

The games in this section will target the important skill of rhyming.

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Vocabulary Learning

I saved the best for last! Vocabulary learning!! This is one of the most important language skills since it is the foundation for both expressive and receptive language abilities and communication in general. Children sometimes create splinter skills in this department or don’t fully grasp what it is to learn a vocabulary word. Luckily, you are here and your child is going to start off on the right foot!

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