When your baby starts trying to use words by asking for things with gestures, looks or babbles, help him find the word by naming whatever he’s asking for. “Oh, you want your truck? Here’s your yellow truck…”
Every experience — talking, playing, reading, etc. — excites specific neural circuits in the brain. If these connections are “turned on” consistently, they strengthen and become “hard wired.”
Whether it’s babbles, cries or goo-goos, repeat the sounds back to her. Smile. When you respond, she’s learning that what she “says” – and communication in general — is important.
When you respond positively to him, he’ll learn than communicating is important and effective.
To help your infant connect words with meaning, point to familiar objects and name them out loud. Remember to do it over and over; babies learn through repetition.
Children who don’t hear stories regularly have difficulty making sense of new stories they hear. So keep reading that same book your child enjoys over and over!
You can talk on a play phone, feed the dolls or have a party with the toy animals. This spurs communication and imagination.
Every word you say to your toddler helps build vocabulary.
Reading with your child teaches more than literacy and language skills. She is also learning that you value her interests and choices, and that you love her and enjoy being close to her.
Reading to your toddler with funny voices or sounds makes reading fun. So go ahead and growl and howl!