Parenting comes with the bucket list of several milestones. Though we need not to worry much about many of them but we feel good if they reach them early. There is one major milestone which is often talked about in child’s second year and that is about his “Speech”. Though there is nothing to worry about if your kid starts speaking up by his 3rd birthday but still there are ways to enhance their linguistic skills by following very easy steps and studies have proved that these steps actually work well in most of the cases.
- Talk to them. People say that kids who live in joint families speak earlier than others because they get more people to talk. So, communicate with them as much as you can. Involve them in your routine. Though it’s tough because we are very much occupied with lot of other things but give it a try. Talk about whatever you are doing. Like if you are cleaning your house, give them a piece of cloth and ask them to clean table and tell them why it is important to keep the house clean. It is a double benefit! At first place you taught them manners and secondly you interacted.
- Keep it short and simple. Just like you do in any training session-Level 1 is always very simple, keep it that way. Don’t speak long sentences with deep meaning. Don’t make it complex like if you want them to throw waste paper in dustbin just say “Let’s throw the junk in dustbin. It looks better there.” instead of telling them about the benefits. Keep it crisp. Slowly they will come to know that throwing waste in dustbin is a good habit.
- Opt for same level. “Man to Man conversation”!!!. The whole idea is to sit and have a face to face conversation. When you want them to teach new words, make sure you follow this rule. Let them observe your mouth while you utter words. Also, make eye to eye contact while you speak.
- Listen and respond to them. Listening to them is far more necessary than talking. Recent studies have proved that kids who are surrounded with people who respond to them are more expressive than others. So, leave everything else and listen to them when they are talking to you. React to their talks and make them feel that their words leave some impact on you.
- Repeat while you respond. When they tell you a word, make it a sentence (small one). Like if your kid just spoke his new word “ball”, you must repeat “yes, it’s a big green ball. We play with it.” It will introduce new words to his vocab and will help to form sentences also.
- Do not Interrupt. This is quite a difficult task for enthusiastic parents. Suppose your kid is trying to sing a song like “Jingle bells, Jingle bells…..” and stopped. You must not jump in between to complete the rhyme. Yes, you may utter a next word or two but join in for whole rhyme. Let her try finishing on her own. Do not strike in while she is in the midst of thought. Let her build her thought process. [Know your child’s beautiful brain]
- Appreciate them for their efforts. Appreciation is something which makes everyone happy and kids are very fond of it. Clap for their new words, smile at them when they tell their stories. Boost them while they speak. This is helpful in building their confidence. [Raise confidence of your child like this]
- Use body language.
Gestures are always great helpers while you communicate to anyone. Body language makes the conversation more interesting. Use hand motions, clapping, jumping, blinking, winking, hugs and kisses all together in demonstration while you talk to your little ones. The more beautifully you will express your thoughts to them by hand and eye coordination more actively they will listen to you and try to imitate you.
- Read the stories and sing to them. Reading really helps in building vocabulary. Make stories out of any simple thing you find or just take a story book and read it out in an expressive way. Other than bed time stories, include books in their playtime also. Make a collection of board books, story books, flap books, sound books or any kind of book that attracts your child. Just think how easily you remember the lyrics of the song you listened an year ago. Intonations plays a vital role in remembering words because music helps brain to encode words and hence, rhyming words are easy to remember than stories. Sing rhymes along with them, chant melodies and warble. [Know why fairytales are not healthy for your littleone]
- Disconnect from Electronic Media. Turn off your TV and engage them in physical world. Know their area of interest and talk to them accordingly like they would love to talk about their favorite toy than your favorite something. Take them outside the home and see the beautiful world. Let your kids play with sand. Introduce them to plants, pets and other little kids. The physical environment helps in stimulating brain in a far better way than TV or mobile. Reason is very simple-Electronic media never responds to your child’s action. It is a one way conversation. Reactions are necessary in linguistic development. As we told earlier that responding helps in vocab building. [Creative games to keep your child busy]
Try out these awesome steps and you will definitely see the change. Not only this!! you will make a great bond with your little chocopie and trust me you will love it. Do write to us about your experience in comment section. Enjoy !!!