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Monday, 12 May 2014

Get your Child talk more...!

Up until now, having a conversation with your child has been a pretty one-sided affair. But look out! Here comes a speech tsunami. Between the ages of 2 and 3, kids start picking up words faster than you can say "chatterbox." Just check out the stats: at age 2, most children know 20 to 200 words; by age 3, that number soars to about 1,000.
Children don't hit those high numbers on their own, however. "Parents have a huge impact on their kids' language and speech skills. And the more you encourage your child to chat, the better he'll do in preschool and beyond. "When kids start school, teachers expect them to have a pretty strong vocabulary,  "If your child doesn't develop a solid foundation as a toddler, he may struggle to keep up with the class."
Reading to your child is one of the best ways to help him start talking up a storm, but there are tons of other creative methods to encourage him.


A Mirror: "Your child learns to pronounce words by watching you speak, but she may become better at forming them by seeing her own mouth move as she talks," Sing or recite nursery rhymes together in front of a mirro

Building Vocabulary
Simply giving a running narration of the day's activities ("now you're putting slippers on your feet") exposes your kid to many new terms. Make the most of your play-by-plays with these pointers.
Repeat yourself. Use a new word in more than one instance to help it stick in your child's memory. ("Wow, this ball we're playing with is big!" "See that car across the street? Look how big it is.") But if your child doesn't pick up and use the word right away, don't panic. Some toddlers need to hear certain words or phrases more often than others before the language becomes a permanent part of their vocabulary.
Be descriptive. Don't just label objects, describe them. Talking about how something looks, feels, or tastes is an easy way to introduce new terms and spark your child's creativity. If you're at the supermarket with your kid, you might pick up an apple and say, "This apple is round and red. Let's feel it; wow, the skin is so smooth." Then ask your tot to describe another item.
Add on. Keep conversations rolling by expanding on your toddler's words and short sentences. "If he says, 'cat,' say, 'Yes, that is a cat! It's a black cat, You can also encourage him to build on the sentence himself by asking, "What is the cat doing?"


Before kids can talk, they need to make sense of how words are used; namely, that they're symbols for objects and actions. These games and activities help improve your toddler's grasp of language as well as her ability to listen and follow directions -- crucial skills she'll need later in the classroom.
Simon Says: Give simple instructions such as, "Pick up the ball and throw it to me" and "Bend down and touch your toes." At this age, kids should be able to follow two-step directions.
 Find your clue: Hide a toy and give her easy instructions to help her find it, like, "Look behind the red chair" or "It's sitting in the fridge." If you have an older toddler, turn the tables and ask her to hide an object and give you a set of clues.
Storytime: After you read to your child, flip through the book again and ask her to tell you what happened. Give prompts if she's stumbling.


The more words your child hears, the more he'll learn and use -- but don't monopolize every conversation. Make sure he gets plenty of talk time with these tips.
Replay that tune. After you sing a song with your toddler, repeat the lyrics slowly so he can hear each word clearly. Once he's got it down, encourage your little angel to belt out the tune solo.
Phone it in play with a toy telephone to get him gabbing. You might pretend to talk to Grandpa, then pass the phone to your child and encourage him to chat too. For an added challenge, have him pretend he's talking to other familiar figures, like his babysitter or a neighbor.
Plan more playdates. When your toddler hears other kids his age talking, he'll be inspired to join in. Plus, your little chatterbox needs time to practice his conversation skills with his peers. That way, he won't just succeed in school -- he'll also make friends more easily when he gets to school.

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