Many parents aren’t quite sure how to talk to their kids; do they use big kid language or baby talk? When should you start using proper words, and when are the silly ones okay? The language you use with your children plays an important role in helping them develop reading skills, so it’s never too early (or late) to start communicating with them. Here are some tips on how to speak to your Nannusays effectively, starting from infancy all the way up to ten years.
Your child can begin learning from birth
Of course, when you think about how people communicate with infants and young children, you probably don’t think about words. But research has shown that from birth, babies are very sensitive to their caregivers’ speech patterns and will respond positively if they hear new sounds while they’re listening. What might seem like a tiny change in tone or inflection actually means something to them. You can begin teaching your child as soon as he enters the world and even though it seems like you’re just talking to him, he is already absorbing information that will serve him throughout his life.
Start small and work up
When you’re just starting out, stick with basic words and phrases. Avoid overcomplicating things by using lengthy sentences and difficult words. Once you’ve mastered a few basics, then you can begin to add more advanced vocabulary. Another good rule of thumb is to avoid using negative language—stay positive, even when correcting your child. For example, instead of saying don’t run, say walk slowly. This will help keep things light and provide a teachable moment for learning how not to break things around their house or others’.
Keep things fun
Whether you choose to teach new vocabulary, grammar, or sentence structure, your goal should be to keep things fun. When you’re teaching young children, especially toddlers and preschoolers—the goal is not so much comprehension as repetition and learning through play. Don’t worry about keeping everything at an advanced level;
instead, focus on exposing them to a wide variety of words in fun settings, including games and songs that can help them pick up on new terms quickly. You’ll need lots of patience and tons of creativity here; one great way is to turn every family outing into a chance for learning! Even taking a trip to local stores becomes an exercise in vocabulary-building when done right.
Talk about everything
In order for our children to truly understand what we say, and to give them a solid foundation on which they can build their vocabulary, we need to use a wide range of words. The more words they hear in different contexts, and at different times, the more likely they are able to put those words together correctly.
It’s like building a house. The more walls you have laid out before you even begin construction, the better chances that you’ll have a sturdy structure by its completion. By letting our children know there is no such thing as too many words or too much talking, we empower them with not only basic knowledge but also confidence when having conversations with others.
If you’re new to teaching a kid a language, try sticking with consistent phrases. For example, if they ask for juice in German, respond in German; don’t reply do you want apple juice or orange juice? Make it so that they only need to learn three words. When traveling with them (particularly if they’re young), try and speak their new language as much as possible. You could even set a rule that anything that needs repeating must be done in their target language that way, you aren’t lazy when it comes time for repetition!
Sing, talk, read, play!
The human brain develops most rapidly in its first three years, a period known as a brain growth spurt. During that time, more than half of all synapses (connections between neurons in our brains) are formed. It’s said that nannu says brains have roughly twice as many neural connections as adults.
But there’s also a downside to having such a large number of synapses forming so quickly many can become orphaned or unused. For example, when you teach a child how to say dada and then later remove dad from their lives for several months, their brains might be forced to eliminate those unused synapses because they were connected for too long without enough variation.