A mother wishes nothing more than for her child to be successful. But what she isn’t aware of is when does the journey to success begin? When the baby is developing within the womb, hearing her voice. That’s the first stage of learning and language development. Eden Castle Preschool asserts that language development is directly proportional to a child’s success.
The Oxford Dictionary indexes 600,000 words, how many can you teach your child? A baby is quick to grasp different words. Hence, keep chattering away and reap the benefits at a later stage. Each time you interact with a baby, it sparks their neurons. Their mind transitions into a state of willingness to learn.
Furthermore, language development does not imply just hearing words, but it is the interactions that count. What are you waiting for? Engage your baby in conversations that are more meaningful than you can imagine. This exercise contributes to ‘Language Nutrition.’
An organization called ‘Talk with me Baby,’ defines the phenomenon as ‘Language nutrition is the use of language that is sufficiently rich in engagement, quality, quantity, and context that it nourishes the child neurologically, socially and linguistically.’
Language development takes place until the child is five years. And its every stage is marked by a milestone. Eden Castle Preschool urges parents to contribute to the language development of Edenites in the following ways:
Talk non-stop while going about routine activities with your child. Ensure that every activity is supported by a verbal description. And throw in descriptives by asking questions like, ‘Is the milk too hot?’ or ‘Can you hear the sound of the raindrops?’
While asking your child to do something, look him/her in the eye. And then issue your request in a one-step direction. For example’ Please close the door.’ or ‘Can you bring that ball?’ This, in turn, results in word and object association.
Add symbolic sounds and motivational sounds
Make symbolic sounds a part of your conversation. This helps children remember the word that is associated with the sound. And symbolic sounds are mostly one syllable and easy to pronounce. It includes words like moo, beep or meow.
Motivational sounds can be introduced at the time of play. Enunciating phrases like ‘Ready, Steady Go’ gives an adrenaline rush and leads to vocabulary enrichment.
Add new words
Make every conversation count, by introducing new words in your child’s vocabulary. Comment on and expand everything your child says, this helps in language enrichment. For example, your child says ‘hat’ add on to it and say ‘red hat.’
Add words to feelings
A child is unaware of the words which label emotions. This hampers communication and confuses them. Ease the process and inquire about their feelings, ‘Are you sad because Daddy left for his trip?’ or ‘Are you happy it is a holiday today?’ Recognizing their feelings encourages communication and makes it easier.