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I would never have realised the importance of talking to my child, if it was not for Glammy and BrainBoosters. I now talk to my baby at every opportunity; in the bath, when changing her nappy, when she is in her car seat while I’m driving, in the early morning hours when she is awake and will not go back to sleep or just while we are playing and having fun!
We even have conversations over a cup of tea! I describe everything I do to her. I ask her questions and I tell her about my day. We read, sing, laugh and play. Every activity comes with a lot of verbal interaction … language!
As a first time mom, with no experience and very little information on Early Childhood Development, I was thrilled when Glammy introduced me to the BrainBoosters Parenting Story Boxes. Glammy has a real passion for Early Childhood Education so it was to be expected that she would ensure that we have the perfect recipe to follow in fulfilling Kairo’s Early Childhood Education needs.
The programme is refreshingly affordable, easy, fun and very effective in helping parents succeed in their role as their child’s first teacher. As a busy working mother, I appreciate how easy BrainBoosters has made it for me to spend quality time with my daughter, having fun, bonding and learning at the same time, without feeling overwhelmed after a long day at work.
The Parenting Programme is designed for parents and grandparents with children 0-6 years and the products are conveniently available for purchase from the BrainBoosters online shop.
This week, Lynda we will be chatting to us about Language Development and The Importance of Talking to Your Child.
The BrainBoosters Recipe: Part 1 of 3
Module 1: Talking to Your Child
The Importance of Talking to Your Child
The BrainBoosters programme was created and designed to help parents understand the importance of the early years and to create resources and training to help them engage constructively with their precious children from birth. We live in a busy world where most moms and dads are working and need guidance and tools to help them on their parenting journey. The parents are the primary educators of their children and there is much research and science to prove that the early years are key to a child reaching their full potential. The BrainBoosters Parenting Programme is there to assist you on this journey. There are other key individuals who play an important role in this journey and they should also be involved, namely the grandparents and caregivers.
There are ten different modules for each age group from birth to age six. Each module consists of a Development Toy and a Story Box, containing a number of books and toys relating to a specific language theme. Each module also addresses a different parenting theme. BrainBoosters sells these products online with 5 modules packed together. We call this a semester pack and there are two semester packs per age group. From birth to Kairos’s first birthday, her family will be able to work with these ten modules to help build the brain pathways. I would like to remind you to read the last article about the importance of The First 1000 Days of Your Child’s Life, to understand the importance of why cognitive development is key in the early years.
The rest of this article will show you some of the key instructions and guidance to ensure that you use the programme for module one. Children love to play and engage and we want both you and your child to have fun. Bite size chunks of quality time will make this process easy for you in your busy schedule.
The focus of module one is the importance of talking to your child. Let’s look at why this is important for children:
Poor language ability is often the reason why children do not perform well or cannot do their best at school. Children with poor language ability are often regarded as less intelligent, since without good word power (vocabulary) they battle to express their thoughts and understand concepts being taught in the classroom. You can make sure this doesn’t happen to your child by “talking him clever” from the time he is born.
Problems teachers are experiencing with children in the classroom:
- Children have poor language ability.
- Children with limited vocabulary.
- Children who are left in front of TV while their parents are either absent or are busy doing something else.
- Children who can’t express their thoughts and feelings in words.
- Children who are frustrated because they can’t put their ideas effectively into words. Very often these children give up.
- Children who have no-one to talk to or no-one to talk to them.
Children do not acquire language on their own. They acquire it through the relationships and conversations they have with other people. They cannot acquire language effectively without the human connection because:
- A child must hear a word at least 500 times before it becomes part of his vocabulary.
- By the time a child is 18 months old he will have a speaking vocabulary of about 50 words although he can understand many more words than that.
- By two years of age his speaking vocabulary goes up to about 300 words,
- By three years 500 words,
- By four years 1 000 words and
- By five years 2 000 words.
- By the time he goes to school at age six, he will be able to use 3 000 words but because you have talked him clever by speaking to him so much, he will actually understand over 20 000 words!
The parenting theme is about talking to your child. The developmental theme is about colours and early learning. A small child who sees the colours and words in different fun ways on a regular basis will build pathways to remember these. The brain takes photographs of the colours and the word associated with it. Your child need to learn colours in relation to other colours to see the differences between them and not one colour at a time. This is part of the BrainBoosters methodology.
Here are a few examples and ideas to encourage talking and language:
- Use every nappy change as an opportunity to talk to your child.
- Sing songs to your child
- Tell stories to your child, either from books or from your imagination
- Recite nursery rhyme
- Make eye contact it builds relationship and shows respect
- Research has shown that babies learn more language from their parents than they will if they are left in front of the television.
- Use the BrainBoosters products and methodology to engage with your child and for them to learn key concepts like colours, shapes and numbers.
Language is one of the most important skills we can impart to our children. It gives them the ability to grow their potential and grow up to be all that you can hope for. The bond, engagement and time to play are key in the early years.
Enjoy the journey!
Tomorrow in Module 1: Talking to Your Child (Part 2 0f 3), Lynda will discuss a few ideas around: Language Milestones for Your Child
Don’t miss our BrainBoosters Competition on Friday !
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