Okay, if last week’s Teaching Tuesday topic seemed like a no-brainer, today’s tip may seem even simpler. Talk to your child. Begin at birth, or before. I’ve heard “experts” say that you shouldn’t talk “babytalk” to your infant, but I don’t see how you can help it. It just seemed so natural to me.
However, along with the babytalk, speak about everything else. Explain to him what you’re doing while you’re changing his clothes; tell him the names of his body parts as you touch them. Talk about the colors of his clothes and how they feel.
As you move throughout the day, just continue to talk about your activities and surroundings. Obviously heading outside will open up a whole new arena of things to describe.
When your child gets a little older, communicate with him about the places you go and the people you see. Once he begins to talk, he will provide you with plenty of opportunities for descriptions and explanations. Once the “why?” stage hits, it may get difficult to keep up!
I believe that talking to your child through those baby and toddler stages gives him a head start in language development and exposes him to speech patterns and tones that will increase his ability to communicate and learn at an early age.
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