Children’s language & literacy skills are closely related to academic success. If all parents and caregivers realized how much they can benefit children’s lives by talking, reading and singing to them every day, they would take advantage of every opportunity! The more words a young child hears, the better prepared s/he will be to learn.
Interacting with children supports early learning and development, and strengthens the parent-child bond. Children who are securely attached to adults show better physical and mental health, including more positive emotions, and have an easier time forming relationships with adults and peers.
Talking is teaching. During the first year of life, a baby’s language will develop faster than any other time. To make the most of this time, talk to your child about anything and everything. When you talk to your child-even if s/he can’t use words yet—they are learning and you are helping them become both smarter and happier.
Tips for Parents to Encourage Language Development
- Make routines out of singing during everyday activities like bathing, eating and dressing.
- Engage children in selecting favorite books and participate actively in story time
- Show children the many ways reading and writing can be used in daily activities.
- Respond to children-expand their ideas & language.
- Provide experiences that expand vocabulary through walks and field trips.
- Include new words in conversation.
- Name objects & provide explanation.
- Engage children in writing notes and creating shopping lists.
- Limit TV and the use of technology.
Do you want to learn more? Contact the Mid-Hudson Early Childhood Direction Center at 845-565-1162 extension 209.