I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education with experience teaching Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and 5th Grades. I also have a Minor in English Language and Literature. So I thought I’d share some of my knowledge with any of you who are interested. If you have any questions, feel free to comment; I’m more than happy to help if I can!!
1st Tip: Read to your child everyday! This is very very important for your child’s language development and is great for bonding and communication between you and your little one. If your child is learning how to read or can read him/herself, have them do the reading some or all of the time. Currently, I am trying to read more with my baby.
2nd Tip: Talk to your child A LOT. Just use a lot of words. Speak non-sense, narrate your day, point out things around the house, or have a conversation with your little one. He or she needs to learn this crazy language of ours, an even if they can’t understand now, this is how they’ll learn. It is really important for their vocabulary that you use a lot of different words. It may feel a little silly to talk to someone who isn’t talking back at first, but just remember it’s good for your child’s development.
3rd Tip: Teach your child another language. If you’re bi- or multi-lingual, by all means, teach your little one those languages as well. They learn other languages best when they’re young and being fluent in more than 1 language will be very beneficial!
4th Tip: Use Baby Sign Language. I am really looking forward to this with my child. I’ve already been teaching her some basics and a few months, she’ll be able to sign back to me. In doing this with your baby, you will be able to communicate with him or her much earlier than if you waited until he or she could talk. Some people worry that doing this will delay language development, but that isn’t true. In fact, it’s more likely your child will speak sooner because of a desire to communicate. Here are a couple of links to help you: Baby Sign Language and Babies-and-Sign-Language.
5th Tip: Give Your Child Alone Time (under your supervision of course) to Explore. Put some toys on the (carpeted or blanket down) floor and allow your baby to roll around, learn on his or her own and develop some independence. It’s OK not to be stimulating your Little One all the time!
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