Of course giving parents advice to build language by reading to their child goes without saying. Or, does it? For many families, fall is the busiest time of the year. When life & school get busy it’s amazingly easy to forget to stop, find a quiet spot, sit down, and read.
Reading aloud is not only a great way to reconnect after a long day, it is one of the best ways to naturally facilitate early literacy, language, & cognitive skills in a way that simply cannot be recreated by a TV, iPad, or any other learning toy on the market. Tap into your child’s natural curiosity about the changing leaves & the pumpkins on display at every store in town and check out these fabulous books for fall at your local library or bookstore. Or read whatever interests your child at the moment. Just remember to read with your child. Every. Single. Day.
2. Sing A Song.
Not only do children seem to have a natural interest in music and singing, research shows that the parts of the brain that process the pitch, rhythm, and phrasing of music and language are connected. Music makes language learning fun & engages children almost instantaneously. Sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” for the 500th time. Sing your favorite songs from childhood. Make up a song as you go about your daily routines with your child. Don’t worry if you’re not “musical” or if you can’t stay in tune. Just have fun with it & your child will follow your lead.
Play is not just what happens when everything else gets checked off the to-do list. Play is vitally important to your child’s language, cognitive, physical & emotional well-being. Play is about spending time without purpose. It’s about the experience, not accomplishing another goal or task. Play is good for children and it’s good for mommies and daddies too. Go spend some time doing nothing today. You might be amazed what it does for you and your little one.