In the beginning have a conversation with your little one was a bit on the one-side approach. However now comes a flood of words where a lot of the time you think to yourself did I teach him that. Just look at the knowledge they pick up.At the age of two the typical toddler will know between 20 and 200 words. Be the time they get to their third birthday they will know more than a 1000 words. That is learning at an astonishing rate.
At this age being a parent is what matters. We as parent have a huge impact on our children in everything they do and we need to understand, relate and embrace the fact that we are our children’s main source of knowledge so it starts with us to encourage them to talk.
We need to prepare our toddler for pre-school so that they will have a good start in life and that they will be able to communicate with their teachers and other classmate. Otherwise they may find themselves isolated and feeling left out of do things. This is where we need to ensure we send our children to school with a solid language foundation.
One of the best ways to teach your child new words is to read to them everyday. However there are loads of other way in which you can teach your child our language and how we use it. So here is the abc’s of how to teach your toddler to talk:
A is for articulation
it may seem like your toddlers vocabulary is rapidly growing, they will need to build up their mouth muscles which means lot and lots of practice in order to pronounce new words clearly. That may sound like hard work but you can use a few everyday items to make it easy and fun to do.
The first item is a mirror. We all know that children learn to pronounce word by watching us speak but by sing nursery rhymes in front of a mirror you child will be able to see how they pronounce words and get better at it themselves.
The second item is tissues. This adds a little fun to pronouncing consonants. It works by holding a tissue in fount of your child’s mouth and when they practice to pronounce their consonants the tissues will move.
B is for building Vocabulary
when you are trying to teach your toddler to talk it is best to keep talking yourself. By this I mean when you are doing anything with your child describe it. For example you are fetching the ball. You are putting on your coat. Doing this sort of narration will expose your child to loads of different words and how language is put together. Here are 3 top tips for building vocabulary:
1. Repetition is the mother of all skill. For your toddler to learn new words they need to hear it more than once. So repeat words as often as possible so that they get to understand the word and how it is used.
2. Descriptive leads to creativity. When you are talking about objects don’t just called them by their name, talk about them. What do they feel and look like, maybe what they tastes like. This is a great way to teach them new words and set off their creativity.
3. Use add on words and expand their sentences. Keep your toddler talking by add words to their sentences or getting them to describe what they are seeing or doing. Like if they say ball you might add yes we are plying with the ball. What does the ball do?
C is for comprehension
Before children can talk properly they need to know how to use words. There are games that can help your toddler learn language and develop their skills of listening and following directions which are vital skills they will need all through their life.
Story time: there are books you can get where at the back it will ask questions for you toddler to answer which will show if your child understands the story. It will ask things like why was the elephant sad or who was in the tree. You don’t even need these books you could just flick through and ask your toddler questions yourself.
Simon says: get them to follow simple two-step instructions which should be easy for them at this stage in their development. Having them fetch their shoes or pick up the ball is some simple request.
Scavenger hunts. This is great fun to do. Hide a toy and get them to look for it by giving them some little descriptive hints. Like look behind the red cushion.
D is for demonstration
As we said earlier that toddlers learn by listen to us the parents but we need to let them practice their new words so don’t talk at them all the time. With these 3 tips they will soon be talking away:
1. rewind and slow play. After singing a song or nursery rhyme with your toddler go back and say each word slowly so that they get to know all the lyrics. Then once they have learnt all the words let them rip by singing solo.
2. Phone play. My little boy has a toy phone and I get him to talk to granny on it so he tells her about his day, or what new toy he wants.
3. Other children their age. Have them play in a group of children their own age and they pick up other words from each other and they can have full-blown conversation with each other.
With these tips you will have them talking up a storm and you will soon wish they would be quiet for a bit. But you may be wondering if your child has a speech problem. There are some red flag and these are as follows.
1. by the time your child is 3 you still can’t understand them.
2. They don’t put two words together like I want that!
3. Your child grunts all the time and doesn’t talk or even babble.
So there you have it the abc’s of teaching your toddler to talk! If you have any other tips to add please leave them in the comments below