When you talk and listen to your child you are helping them learn to communicate. Communication is an important self-help skill . In school, children will need to be able to communicate their needs to school staff, and solve problems with their classmates. Talking helps children think about what they know and what they are learning to help make sense of what is in their head.Talk is also essential for learning to read and write. Talk with your child about everything and encourage him/her to talk to you too!
Here are some ways to develop your child’s language skills:
- Tell each other stories.
- Sing with your child and make up new words to songs.
- Ask them to follow simple directions broken down into easy steps.
- Ask your child questions and listen to their answers.
- Engage your child “why” questions—let them ask you a questions and listen to your answer, then you ask them a question and you listen to their answer
New research shows that children, whose parents talk to them regularly throughout the day, enter Kindergarten with millions more words and show better long terM academic success.