Do you want to know what your child is thinking?
Sit and observe your child while he is playing or engaging with any materials and you will notice that he will often mutter and talk to himself. These monologues are called private speech and peak during the pre-school years. A child uses private speech to guide his own thoughts and processes. Child development theorist Vygotsky believed that children use this dialogue for self-regulation and for directing their thought processes and behavior during cognitively demanding activities. Eventually, private speech is internalized to form inner verbal thought.
Listening to your child can be very helpful in understanding the way he thinks and feels. This can be a wonderful way of getting to know your child better.
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