Talking to children from birth is crucial to their development of language. Use the language with which you are the most comfortable!

Talking about shapes helps young children recognize letters.

Play with sounds by making up silly rhymes. For example: the fox is in the box, playing with a grox.  Let your child add new rhymes.  Hearing sounds inside words is a vital component of learning to read.

Talk about a specific letter each day or each week.  Use it as often as possible, and exaggerate the words that start with that particular letter.

Imitate sounds throughout the day.  Activities like these will help your child hear and play with smaller sounds in words which will help when he or she is sounding out words in the future.

Prepare your kids for what is coming next in the day by talking about it. This also helps them understand how to tell a story.

Talking about shapes that are the same and different is a great skill that will help your child learn letter shapes, too.

Repetition encourages children to predict, which develops their ability to tell stories. Rhythm/rhyming and singing help children not only to hear and learn the sounds in language, but also to develop a sense of the flow and cadence of oral language.

When your babies babble at you, they love for you to answer them because, as far as they're concerned, they're talking to you! Baby goos and gaas are building blocks of spoken language.

Nonsense noises and animal noises are fantastic for baby's budding language skills. These sounds are easier to say than most words, more fun, and therefore more likely to be imitated by little ones.

Don't just read a story to your child - make the child a participant. Ask questions like "What happens next?" "Look at his/her expression - what is he/she thinking?"

When out and about, ask your child to look out for a specific word in a sign. Anytime he or she points it out, celebrate!

Practice some of the tips you've seen done in Storytime at home. Play rhyming games frequently to help children recognize sounds that are the same and different.

Talk to your childing to your child throughout the day, even when they're too young to really respond, is so important to their language growth and development.

Children learn language by listening to their parents and others talk. When children hear words spoken, they learn what they mean. This helps them understand what they are reading.

Talk about the pictures in a book or things you see on a walk. Ask questions about what your child sees. By listening, your child learns words, ideas, and how language works.

Sharing a book with your child does not mean having to read what is written. It can also mean talking about the pictures or having the child tell YOU the story.

When talking with a child, slow yourself down and let them respond at their own pace. The thought-to-speech process is still developing and needs time to unfold.

Narrating what you do while you spend time with your child helps them develop vocabulary.

Most nursery rhymes tell a story from beginning to end in just a few lines which helps children to begin increasing their narrative skills.

Retelling stories is a great way to build language skills and reinforce the memory of what you have just read. Ask your child what happened during the story, or have your child tell it back to you in his/her own way.

Children learn how to process language and interpret familiar words more quickly when adults close to them engage them in conversation. Talk to your child and respond to his/her answers. This will help him/her become a better reader.

Nursery rhymes are a great way to help your child learn language and new vocabulary in a silly, fun way. Studies have shown that children who are acquainted with nursery rhymes early in life have greater success in reading and spelling when they get to school.

Communcate with your child - give time for both of you to talk and listen to each other.

Have children help you cook. Run your finger over each step in the recipe to show that you are working in order. To encourage pre-math skills, have the children measure the flour or spices. Kneading and stirring will develop the motor skills needed for writing. Asking questions like, "What will happen when I put this in the oven?" broadens critical thinking skills. A job isn't done until it's cleaned up, so be sure to have kids help with that as well!

Let your child “read” you his or her favorite bedtime story.  Ask him or her questions to help him or her get all the details in the story.

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