Simple Steps to Help Your Child Learn Language and
|You are your
child's most important teacher. You provide her with the
stimulating and interactive environment she needs to develop the skills that
make mankind unique * the ability to communicate with words and use numbers.
Children learn by example, so talk to her often. Talk to her about what
you're doing, and what she's doing, as well as about the objects and people
You can help your child learn that language is a give-and-take process by
holding conversations with her. Show interest and enthusiasm when she makes sounds and repeat them back to her. Ask her questions and give her time to respond, even if it's just with a coo or gurgle.
Read to your child often. Children appreciate the rhythm and repetition
that children's books and poems provide. Books are also a great way to
introduce your child to new words and ideas. Identify and describe the
objects mentioned in the story or depicted in illustrations.
Reading can also help children develop a basic understanding of math. Many children's books help bring mathematical concepts, like numbers and
counting, to life through illustrations and stories. Your enthusiasm
towards math will make an impression on your child, so be sure to show
excitement when she groups objects together in sets, or begins to learn the
names of geometric shapes. Another way to make learning numbers fun is by encouraging your child to count objects he enjoys seeing, and touching *
Because children learn a lot by listening to others, their ability to hear
is very important. Ear infections can sometimes cause temporary hearing
loss as a result of fluid build-up in the middle ear. To give your child
every opportunity to learn from the communication going on around her, make sure ear infections are treated promptly and effectively. And remember, fluid can remain in the middle ear even after the ear infection is gone.