Language Development

Imagination and language are incontrovertibly linked. The very first use of language was when early man was able to communicate to another, what they were ‘seeing’ in their mind. The imagination exercises follow this pattern. A child creates an internal image and then brings it into the real world in the activity session as a piece of writing, a photograph, a drawing, etc. Once it is symbolic (a symbol) it qualifies as language. But the great thing about imagination is that the children are learning a higher order form of language development, because they are bringing concepts of their own internal creations into the real world. A more basic form of language would be pointing at an object and saying its color.

Language is essential to the learning process of a child. A child gets information through language; the child uses internal dialogue to understand what has been learnt and then seeks further information through language.