- Speaking to your child in the language that you know best allows them to build a larger vocabulary. Children start learning language from their families.
- Asking children questions that start with “why” encourages thinking, talking, and using their imaginations.
- Slowing down your conversation speed gives children time to respond because they are still developing the thought-to-speech process.
- Let them catch YOU reading. The best way to encourage your child to read is to let them see you enjoying reading.
- Rereading and discussing a story is a wonderful way to help your child build an understanding of the story’s plot and learn new vocabulary.
- Sharing a book with your child does not mean having to read what is written. It can also mean talking about the pictures or asking the child to tell you a story.
- Playing games like “I Spy” (I spy something red) or “Can you” (can you find something red?) are easy games that build memory and concentration.
- Acting out a story with props like stuffed animals is a fun way to bring books to life. Ask your child to help you create silly voices for the characters for your story.
- Allowing some unstructured playtime for children will encourage the growth of their imagination, storytelling, and language skills.
- Singing songs with your child is fun! This is a great bonding activity and can help build their vocabulary.
- Clapping, tapping, or singing your child’s name or nursery rhymes slows down your speech patterns and allows your child to hear the parts of the words. This will help them create a better understanding of language.
- Incorporating singing into your diaper changing routine can help calm your wiggly baby and help build pre-reading skills.
- Scribbling may not look like much but it is a necessary step in the process of learning how to form the lines that make shapes and letters.
- Drawing, playing with playdough, and lacing activities help to develop the necessary skills and hand muscle strength for writing.
- Using your child’s fingers to draw in sand, paint, shaving cream, or water builds the hand eye coordination required for writing.