April 6, 2015

3 Ways You Can Promote Language Through Reading

Reading or looking at picture books with your children will encourage natural language learning. Reading a book together gives your child practice sharing joint attention or a common focus with you, which is precursor to language development. Reading with young children also helps them to develop pre-reading skills (holding a book right side up, turning the pages sequentially), which gives them a strong foundation to become readers themselves. Below are 3 tips to maximize your child’s language learning through reading. Talk about pictures. While the text in many books may be simple enough to read as written, you may choose to “read” with your child […]
March 13, 2015

5 Ways to Promote Language with Your Toddler at Snack Time

Your busy schedule and an on-the-go mindset can make it hard to set aside time for language and listening development. Snack time is a great time to take a few extra minutes to sit with your toddler and encourage language. Here are five ways to help make snack time into a language activity. Give Two Options. Ex. “Do you want an apple or a banana?” Provide your toddler the opportunity to name the food item rather than a simple yes or no question. Sabotage. Give your toddler the snack in a child-proof container or the wrong snack. This will encourage […]