Posted on March 7, 2014 : Posted in Early Child Care, Legacy Academy, Parenting Tips

Supporting language development in a child’s first five years is one of a parent’s most important tasks. Children who learn to be effective communicators are more likely to be successful in all areas of their later schooling.

Because children seem to naturally learn language, we often assume that language just happens. Children actually learn to talk from direct and indirect interactions with more competent speakers and their environment. Here are some ways you can build your child’s language capacity. Talk to your child during all daily routines, provide words to go along with your actions and with things that your child is noticing in the environment.

Don’t correct speech, elaborate and extend on it. Read books daily, showing your child the pictures and pointing to words that go along with them. Help them see the connection between the symbols we call letters and the words we speak. Model good listening and seek out meaningful conversations with children of every age.
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