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Make sure your child has lots of opportunities to talk with you, not just listen to you talk. Respond to what your child says and follow his or her lead. Answer your child’s questions as completely as possible. Your explanations help your child learn more about the world.
Give everything a name. You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, “Where’s your nose?” and then say, “Where’s Mommy’s nose?” Or touch your child’s nose and say, “What’s this?”
Encourage your child to use sounds and actions to communicate with you. Ask her to point to the toy she wants or wave good-bye to Grandma.
Pretend play helps children think symbolically and develop oral language skills. As children play store or pretend to be an animal, they talk about what they’re doing. They practice putting thoughts into words.
Kids love their own names! Have your child help you think of other words that start with the same sound as the first letter in their name —like for Jocelyn; Jump, Juice, or Jelly.
When talking with your child, look for opportunities to use different words to help build their vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the easier it is for your child to recognize them when beginning to read.
Play pretend with your child. Let your child’s imagination go wild! Encourage them to make up and act out their own stories. This builds both language and critical thinking skills.
It is important to talk to your baby AND give your baby a chance to respond. It may sound like babbling now, but it is the beginning of your child’s language development