At Chatsworth Hills Academy in San Fernando Valley, CA, our expert International Baccalaureate faculty know the importance that parents play in our students’ language development, even before they begin their Primary Years Programme with us! Studies have shown that children who are extensively read to and spoken with during early childhood will have larger vocabularies and better grammar than those who aren’t, a crucial element to ensuring your child will succeed in their educational journey at CHA!
6 Great Ways to Enhance Your Child’s Language Skills
In order to prepare your toddler with proper language cognition by the time they start our preschool program, it’s critical to nurture your baby’s language development through a variety of different techniques. Our faculty at Chatsworth Hills Academy has put together a thorough list of the best ways you can aid in your child’s language skills…
Talking Through Everything
As you go through the motions of each day with your child, make sure to narrate everything as much as you can. For instance, you can give your child simple guidance and correlative instruction on any common task: “We’re going to take a bath now! Can you feel the warm water on your belly? When we dry off, we’ll get dressed and take a walk.” These simple narrations will help your child start to build connections with their language and the world around them!
It’s never too early to start reading to your toddler! One good predictor of future reading success is the amount of time parents spend reading with their child. You can start with simple board books and graduate to picture books and longer stories as your child gets older. Storytime at your local library or bookstore can also help your child develop a love for all things books!
Listening To Music
Toddlers love music and movement! When they listen to lively songs, such as “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” or the alphabet song, they learn about the world around through the rhythm of our complex language.
Understanding Your Child’s Interests
If your toddler seems interested in a particular picture in a book, keep talking about it! If he or she seems intrigued by a boat, for instance, show them more boats and talk about them, too. Repeat their babbles back to them while emphasizing the correct way to articulate a word, frequently ask inquisitive questions, and interact with them as much as possible. You can even try recording your child on a tape recorder and playing it back!
Going On Field Trips
Taking your toddler on a trip to the zoo, the aquarium, or a children’s science museum will open up a whole new world for your child! As an added bonus, your son or daughter will want to learn the names of all those fascinating creatures and fun activities they experienced.
Using Technology Sparingly
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is recommended that children younger than two years of age should not watch television at all and that children two and older can view no more than two hours of quality programming each day. While some educational programs can be beneficial to young children, TV shows can’t interact with or respond to children, which are the two elements children require to successfully learn a language. Computer games can be interactive, but they still aren’t responsive to a child’s unique ideas.
Get In Touch With CHA Today To Learn More About Language Cognition In Toddlers
With a plethora of language learning techniques at your fingertips, it’s easier than ever to get started with your child’s cognition of their native language. With simple tasks, such as narrating your day aloud or consistently reading to your child before bed, your toddler will be a language expert by the time they start their IB Primary Years Programme at Chatsworth Hills Academy! For all of your questions or concerns about your child’s language skills and development, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our faculty members for expert advice! On behalf of our entire staff at CHA, we are dedicated to providing the best educational opportunities possible for all of our future students!