Welcome to BRAINBOOSTERS WEEK Day 2 !
We are discussing the importance of talking to your child during the early years and this week we are bringing you all the expert advice courtesy of BrainBoosters !
Kairo is almost 10 months old and we have done a huge amount of talking to her during this time.
When will she say her first words?
It started out with what appeared to be completely blank stares and as time went by I noticed the recognition in her eyes and facial expressions. I knew that she was attentively listening to my voice and I can remember when she started making her first real sounds.
She is not saying any specific words yet but she is definitely engaging in conversation. She is extremely vocal, stringing together some very interesting babbling combinations! She definitely has a fair understanding of language and she has a good grasp of the meaning of a substantial number of words.
Today Lynda talks to us about language milestones and what to expect from your child at different stages in their language development.
The BrainBoosters Recipe – Part 2 of 3
Module 1: Talking to Your Child
Language Milestones for Your Child
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.
Here are a few ideas of the language milestones for your child.
Babies: (birth to 1)
From stringing first gurgling sounds together, your baby will start babbling.
By 15 months he should be saying his first words and by age two he will be able to make two-word sentences such as:
“Dog bark,” or “Boy big”. He will often say the word incorrectly or incompletely.
Do not correct him or tell him he is wrong, just repeat what he has said but say it correctly, for example, if he says “Da” when he sees daddy, you can respond positively and constructively by saying, “Yes, there is your daddy. Hello daddy!”
1 – 2 years
Whatever you are doing, tell your child and explain it well. “Mommy is putting peanut butter on the sandwiches and cutting them into triangles,” or “Look how clever you are putting your feet into your shoes!” or “Wow, look up there, can you see that aeroplane flying high in the sky?”
Use whatever is happening around you as an opportunity to talk and build word power.
2 – 3 years
Your child should now know the names of his body parts and various common objects. He is able to take commands, make three-word sentences, such as, “Thabo go dudu,” and he loves stories. He will also start to use more and more describing words, including number and size, such as, “Big ball blue.”
3 – 5 years
Your child should now be speaking in short sentences and will start asking lots of “why” questions such as, “Why is the sky blue?” Asking questions is his way of finding out more about his world. Encourage him and always try and answer his questions accurately and engage him in conversation by asking him what he thinks. Take him outside the home to visit different places in order to provide more opportunities for learning new words.
5 – 6 years
At this age children start asking very searching questions about life such as: “What happens to our bodies when we die?”, “How was I born?”, “Why are some people rich while others are poor?” or “What is the difference between animals and humans?”. They are really interested in the answers because they are thinking about, and trying to understand life, just like a philosopher. You must encourage your child’s curiosity by answering his questions as best you can. Don’t forget to engage him in conversation by asking him what he thinks. Children think in very interesting and different ways and he needs to know that you value his thoughts and ideas. This will encourage him to keep asking you more questions as he gets older.
On Thursday in Module 1: Talking to Your Child (Part 3), Lynda will briefly discuss:
Learning A Second Language and Testing Your Child
Lookout for Moments with Our #WCW – Karina Strydom, C0-Founder of BrainBoosters South Africa, tomorrow on MOMentsbydjzinhle.com
Don’t miss our BrainBoosters Competition on Friday !
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