The simple conversations you have with your toddler during everyday activities can strengthen the foundation for his oral language development.
Here is playful way to help your toddler develop his oral language, listening and thinking skills, which are all crucial to the development of literacy.
Encourage your toddler’s growing independence by giving him a simple task to do. Helping out will give him a feeling of pleasure and power and is a great opportunity for him to describe what he is doing.
Fill up a large plastic bowl with cooked spaghetti and let your toddler explore. Describe what you see your little one do as she experiments with this new medium.
In this activity, you will use words in connection with concrete objects and situations to help your child develop an understanding of positional words.
Toddlers at this age enjoy pointing to and naming objects. You may often hear the words, “What’s that?” Use that simple question to build new vocabulary for your toddler.
Toddlers love to respond to action words by performing the actions. Say these poems and perform the actions with your toddler. You will both end up laughing!
Toddlers often experience a vocabulary spurt during these months. A toddler who has a vocabulary of about 50 words may add about 50 more words in just a matter of months! You may want to keep a diary of the new words your toddler is using.
Whether your photos are in a scrapbook, a photo album or in a digital file, toddlers will enjoy looking at the faces and hearing the stories behind them. Your toddler will enjoy seeing smiling faces and colorful pictures, and her oral language skills will grow as you recall the stories that go with the snapshots.
This simple take-along activity can help you become a storyteller no matter where you are. Just pull out a photo card and describe what you see.