It is important to remember that as a parent, your role is huge when it comes to your children’s language development. However, with our lifestyle nowadays where almost everyone is glued to their gadgets, how can the future generation enhance their vocabulary? After reading this post, we hope that you will put your gadget down and spend more time with your kids doing the following activities.
Activities to improve your kids’ language
Read with them
Even if they don’t know how to read yet, it is important that you spend time with them while reading an actual book. Be an example and they will follow your lead. Children’s books are filled with pictures not just to entice the kids, but for them to understand what you are reading. Sit down for few minutes, read the story, move your finger to the right words as you read so your kids can easily follow.
Listen to nursery rhymes
It’s obvious that your kids will learn more words if they hear a lot of things. Download all the best nursery rhymes and play it as often as you can. It would be nice if you can sing and dance with your kids to make the activity even more enjoyable. Lastly, you might want to change your car’s playlist. Instead of listening to pop music, let’s all listen to nursery rhymes – most especially if you are up for a long drive.
Treat ear infection right away and properly
When your kids have an ear infection, do not self-medicate. Immediately ask an expert to look at it so you will be given the right medication, if necessary. Always follow the dosage and see if there are improvements.
Observe your kids
You also have to observe your kids. What do they want? What are they most interested in? This way, you can choose books and materials that will easily get their attention. For example, your toddler seems to like dinosaurs. Get books or magazines about it. Read it together and try to explain it if the content is too complex for kids.
Make stories together
It would be a fun activity to come up with your own bedtime story. And to make it even more effective for your kid’s language development, ask them to make their own story too. They can change the plot and the characters. If there are words that they mispronounced, just correct them. But never mock them – NEVER!
Go out and see the world
And for them to learn more, it is important that you take them out. Visit a museum or go to the zoo or even the park. This will allow them to ask questions. From there, they can apparently learn more, and their language will definitely improve.
Don’t let them watch TV or use gadgets for long periods of time
While there are shows that are considered educational, these are mostly passive. They do not interact well with the kids. Limit their time with TV and gadgets and let them read real books, imagine great things, and learn from the real world.