Talk to teach
Talk early, talk often and keep it up
Talking often with your child – from day one – is one of the most important things you can do to help them develop language and communication skills. And these are critical skills they’ll need forever. Here are some ideas to make talking more a part of your everyday:
- Talk about what you’re doing, what you can see, and what interests your child.
- Share or tell stories that interest your child. Repeat favourites again and again.
- If a word in a book or conversation is unfamiliar, don’t change it or skip it. Instead, show your child a picture, the real object, or an action that lets the child know what the word means. You can also explain it using words or concepts they already understand.
- Point out letters or words you see on street signs, posters; and
- Talk about, signs, posters or labels when shopping, and show children recipes and instructions as you follow them together.