by SARA AHMAD
Your preschooler still has a few years until his first vocabulary test, but now is the perfect time to talk it up
As cute as your child's choice of words may be, it's important to help him continue to develop his language skills. When young children learn words, they are simultaneously being exposed to new ideas and concepts. And providing lots of language interaction now will benefit him once he's in the classroom. The single best predictor of academic success for children throughout their school years is their vocabulary when they start kindergarten. Read on to learn about getting your little one to speak like a big kid.
Focus On New Words
Take advantage of being one of the biggest influences on your preschooler's learning and make a point of introducing your child to new words while you go about day-to-day activities. At the grocery store, explain that the loaf of bread is also considered a carbohydrate and that chicken is poultry. An outing at the zoo could be a chance to introduce the concepts of mammals and reptiles. Kids often pick up the meaning of these new words based on context, but it's helpful to take a moment to teach your child what the word actually means. For example, tell her that mammals, like the tiger, the sloth and the visitors at the zoo, have hair on their body and are nursed by their mother with milk. And don't be afraid to err on the side of more-challenging words. With a 2-year-old, you may ask, "Do you want to wear the yellow shirt?", but you can expand on the idea when talking to your preschooler; "How about the yellow shirt? That shade of yellow is complementary to the colour of your pants. That means they go really well together.
Expand On His Interests
Preschoolers often have an obsession, be it trains, dolls or cars. The next time your child is chatting about her latest fixation, throw a few terms she doesn't know into the discussion. If he is fascinated with parrot, talk about different breeds. Then, point out the specific species you see the next time you're out. When you talk to him about his interests, your child is going to be fully engaged and excited about the conversation. Children in this age group are really good at retaining an impressive amount of information on their favourite subjects. So it's quite likely that the new words you introduce will stick in his mind.
Help Her Rephrase
Even though you're introducing more sophisticated terms, your preschooler may still hang on to some patterns of speech from her toddler days. Don't create a power struggle by pointing out what she said incorrectly. Instead, when she reverts to baby talk, just respond with the more advanced word. If she asks you for some "duddu" with her "bikkit", says, "Sure, let's get you a glass of doodh with some biscuits." Keep in mind that anxiety can play a role in word regressions. Whether it's starting preschool or welcoming a new sibling into the family, big changes in your child's life can make her want to be treated as if she were younger. It is normal to take two steps forward and one step backward in speech development. But be sure you've dropped these comfort words from your own vocabulary when talking to your child. If she hasn't made the switch yet, you can still continue modelling the right words in conversation.
Let Him Talk
Help your preschooler practice speaking in sentences by giving him plenty of opportunities to get chatty. But first, turn off the TV, put down your phone, and make sure you're fully engaged. When you give him your complete attention, you'll be able to understand what he's trying to communicate and show him how to expand on what he's saying. Throughout the day, pick plenty of activities that make him want to vocalise his thoughts. Talk about what's going on in your neighborhood while you're driving, or stop and ask questions about what's happening in the story as you're reading a bedtime book. And remember to keep it fun: The best lessons in speech and vocabulary will come naturally when you don't try too hard to teach.
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For centuries baby oil has been considered an effective medium for nourishment. But oil can also be an effective medium to nurture your bond with your baby with a baby massage. Studies have shown that massaging an infant can work wonders – it can reduce crying, fussiness and provide a good night's sleep. It is also good for your baby's emotional well-being and for strengthening his bones. While there are many oils available in the market, going for a herbal option which is absolutely chemical free, is the best option.
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