What is running commentary?
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Host: What is running commentary? Rene Hackney: Running commentary is a really easy way to provide early language to the young children. Running commentary suggest that parents should be talking about what children are thinking, seeing, feeling, doing and they are talking the whole time. Running commentary also gives a lot labels. So, if I am at the grocery store and my young child is sitting in the car, I might say as running commentary, We need to get some apple, Wow! Look here is an apple; mummy is going to put the apple into the bag. Now, we are taking the apple home. It sounds like a lot of language and it is, but if you think about it you've just given that child the word apple in context four times in as many as 30 seconds. So, they are much more likely to gain that. Now, as you talk about running commentary. It s good they talk about giving a child focused talk you say, Johnny has the ball, look you have it, you are bouncing the ball. You are talking about what the child is doing and then the object language we say, Wow! The ball is rolling fast. We are talking about the thing and then the self language Mummy caught the ball, I have it! So, when you say all that together, one you are giving them the language in context, but they also starting to get the ease of pronouns and how that languages changes.