Learn strategies and activities to help your 3- to 5-year old master language use. If the job of a toddler is to learn to talk, test the language development of children of preschool age job of a preschooler is to learn to communicate, which is a complicated task indeed! According to Russian researcher Lev Vygotsky, language develops from social interactions for communication purposes.
To guide behaviors, overcome obstacles, and acquire new skills, children use what Vygotsky termed private speech, a verbalized but really internal monologue. Within a Vygotskian framework, strategic use of language facilitates thinking, understanding, and learning. As children mature and their utterances become more standard, parents will seamlessly withdraw the previous supports. Thus, language use and vocabulary development is fostered within a social and cultural context, through meaningful interactions with parents, caregivers, peers, siblings, etc.