Building speech and language skills is crucial to helping children learn and understand the world around them. Language development is how children learn to understand and communicate with others. It involves receptive language - hearing and processing what is spoken and expressive language - being able to share thoughts, ideas, and feelings. It also involves written language -words, sentences, vocabulary, grammar, syntax, phonological awareness, etc.
Speech is different than language although they are often referred to as one. Speech is the verbal means of communicating. Generally speaking, understanding others or sharing feelings and thoughts refers to language. Producing speech sounds, voice and fluency are speech. Building speech and language skills is crucial to helping children learn and understand the world around them.
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I love the cubes for small group work when I assist multiple kids at a time with reading comprehension. The kids have to take turns, listen to and learn from classmates and learn how to work in groups. It turns out this is one of the best tricks of the trade!