Research materials, highlighted on several child development related websites, point out the importance of quality time between parents and children. Here are some of the many ways you can support your child’s early learning through your everyday activities.
It is a happy talent to know how to play
Play is the highest form of research
Language and Communication
Babies express their needs and feelings through sounds and cries, body movements, and facial expressions.
- Repeat the sounds and words your child uses and have back-and-forth conversations.
- Read, sing, and tell stories. These are fun ways to help your child understand the meaning of new words and ideas.
- Talk about what you do together — as you play, do errands, or visit friends and family.
Young children are learning how the world works by playing and exploring. Through play, babies and toddlers learn about how things work and how to be good problem-solvers
- Turn everyday routines into playful learning moments. For example bath time is a chance to learn about ideas like sinking/floating and wet/dry.
- Follow your child’s interests. Children learn best through activities that excite them.
Over the first 3 years, children are beginning to develop self-control — the ability to manage their feelings and actions in acceptable ways. They are also learning to wait, share, and work out problems with their friends. Use words to help children understand their feelings. For example: You are upset because we have to leave the park.
- Give choices to older toddlers. Would you like to read books before or after we brush teeth?
- Stay calm when your child/children are upset. This helps them feel safe and get back in control.
Your children are learning that they are very unique young people; that they are loved, smart, fun, and capable. When children feel great about themselves, they are more confident and willing to take on new challenges.
- Help your children be good problem-solvers. Give them the support they need to be successful without completely solving the problem for them.
- Give children the chance to do things for themselves like pouring milk from a small plastic pitcher.
- Encourage children to keep trying. You can say something like this: You are working so hard to get the ball in the basket. Sometimes it takes lots of tries!
The way you communicate with your child not only impacts their own language development but also the way they view the world around them. Check out our advice on using positive language in this blog post.