Children who first learn language talk about what they know. This includes what they are doing, what other people are doing, etc. They are mainly interested in what happens in their immediate environment, the “here and now”, rather than what happened 5 minutes ago. They talk about what is going on in their own little world around them. Children begin to learn the code for representing what they know in order to understand and produce 1-word utterances. These ideas tell you what the child has learned about the world – that people, objects and events exist, disappear, and come back again and that the child chooses what he/she wants to talk about. Children talk about objects that move and ones in which they can act upon. How a child plays with an object is seen as an index of what he/she understands about the relations between objects.
The following categories are based on Bloom & Lahey and the ones in which children use at an early age. Visit www.preschoolspeechsource.com for other FREE handouts.