Children’s language developing process surely needs parental support. Research has shown that during childhood, the more parents read and talk to their children, the more vocabularies they have and the more correctly their grammar is later in life. In this article, we will provide parents with some tips to foster children’s language development.
Talk and encourage your child to talk
For every activity you’re going to do, narrate it to the kid. For example, when it’s lunch time, tell your baby “Now we’re having lunch. We’ve got fish, egg, and spinach. Can you smell it? Mama has also made blueberry yogurt for you. Do you like it?”
Read to them as much as you can
Initially, you can try board books. Gradually, you switch to picture books. Then you get your children engaged with stories as they get a bit older. By doing this, you can nurture the love for books in your child. As they grow up, reading may become their good habit or hobby. Or, at least, when they enter school, books are not their enemies. There are a lot of children’s books available on the market for kids at all ages.
Come some music
Small kids love melodies and movement. You can introduce music to your children when they’re still little through lullabies. When they are old enough, enjoy music together – sing and dance with your child. Thanks to these sounds and rhythm, children start to learn about the world outside as well as develop their sense of language.
Be an author
Sometimes between reading books, invent stories for your children. You can customize the stories with characters, climax, and meaningful moral lessons for your dearest one. You can also encourage them to make up some and tell you. Their imagination, vocabularies, scenario building will be elevated.
Follow their interest
If your kid seems to be into some certain books, keep on working with them. If you figure out that he loves planes, show him more books about planes. Ask questions when suitable. Try to interact with him. Other times, you can record your conversation and play it back as a means of feedback. After all, just focus on the interaction.
There are times when your kid has mistakes in articulation or speech patterns, do not react negatively to it. Instead, repeat the sentence in the correct form. Encourage your kid to say it again and don’t forget to praise him for his efforts.
Do not count on programme on TV
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under 2 years of age should not watch TV whatsoever. Those who are over 2 years old need no more than 2 hours of TV watching a day and the TV programme must be qualified. Although there are educational TV programmes that are beneficial to children, they offer no interactions or responses to them. Interactions and responses are what children need for their language development.
Make sure your kids have no problems with their ears
Children may happen to get ear infections. Treat them thoroughly since it can bring about hearing loss, affecting their language development. During the treatment, if the health care provider prescribes an antibiotic, make sure you follow the correct dosage and complete the treatment. When the kids finish the prescription, a follow-up visit with the specialist is required to make sure the infection has all gone.
Go out for some trips
A tour to the zoo, aquarium, or children’s museum will give your child chances to explore the world they’ve never seen before. As a reward, the kid’s curiosity will increase, motivating them to learn more about interesting things.
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Review Date: May 11, 2017 | Last Modified: March 26, 2019
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