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Talking with your child helps build language and vocabulary skills.


Give your child a toy telephone...

Game: Telephone Talk

Related to: Telling a Story, Talk

Give your child a toy telephone...

Make pretend soup...

Game: Silly Soup

Related to: Telling a Story, Talk

Make pretend soup...

Encourage play by supplying dress-up clothes...

Game: Make Believe

Related to: Telling a Story, Talk

Encourage play by supplying dress-up clothes...

Ask your toddler, "How do we move?"...

Game: How Do We Move?

Related to: Knowing Words, Talk

Ask your toddler, "How do we move?"...

Teddy bear says, touch your toes...

Game: Teddy Bear Says

Related to: Knowing Words, Talk

Teddy bear says, touch your toes...

Start off with one line of a story...

Game: The Story Train

Related to: Telling a Story, Talk

Start off with one line of a story...

Once your child starts talking...

Game: Naming, Labelling and Sorting

Related to: Knowing Words, Talk

Once your child starts talking...

Ask your child to tell you a story using puppets...

Game: Puppet Show

Related to: Telling a Story, Talk

Ask your child to tell you a story using puppets...

Touch your nose and say...

Game: My Turn, Your Turn

Related to: Knowing Words, Talk

Touch your nose and say...

Engage your child in sorting and folding...

Game: What Goes Together

Related to: Knowing Letters, Talk

Engage your child in sorting and folding...

talking Tips

  • Books are especially good for developing narrative skills have stories that are fun to tell over and over again. Let your child fill in a repeated part of a story, or complete a pattern. Encourage participation by saying a repeated line together. Ask questions like “What happened first? And then? What happened in the end?”
  • Start talking to your baby in your home language on the day they are born. By babbling, babies learn to make sounds with their own voices. Encourage your baby to become more vocal by responding to his coos, gurgles and grunts to promote language development.
  • Help your child understand the story. Ask open ended questions such as: "What do you think is happening in this picture?" As you talk together, your child practices his language and prediction skills.

Six skills that get your child ready for reading

  • Linking Books

    Children who enjoy books will want to learn to read.

  • Hearing words

    Hearing the smaller sounds in words helps children sound out written words.

  • Knowing words

    Knowing many words helps children recognize written words and understand what they read.

  • Telling a story

    Learning to tell a story helps children develop skills in thinking and understanding.

  • Seeing words

    Familiarity with printed language helps children feel comfortable with books and reading.

  • Knowing letters

    Knowing the names and sounds of letters helps children sound out words.

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