As children hear spoken language, they learn new words and what they mean. This will help children understand the meaning of what they read.
- Make sure your children have a lot of opportunities to talk with you, not just listen to you talk.
- Respond to what your children say and extend the conversation.
- If English isn’t your first language, speak to your children in the language you know best. This allows you to explain things more so your children will learn more.
Singing slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words. This helps when children begin to read printed language.
- Sing the alphabet song to learn about letters.
- Clap along to the rhythm in songs so children hear the syllables in words.
- When you sing, babies are drawn to the sound of your voice and to the playful sounds of words and rhymes.