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Language development: Scribble Time

Language development: Scribble Time

When babies spill food and start playing in it, using their fingers and palms, they are not just making a mess. They are exploring making marks and this is your child’s first step towards writing. You can encourage a toddler to make marks by giving them different surfaces and mediums to explore. Paint is usually … Continue reading

Language Development: How to Read to Infants

Language Development: How to Read to Infants

Infants have a very short attention span. It’s best to look at books frequently for short periods. Start with short sessions of a few minutes at a time, spread at intervals throughout the day. As the child’s powers of concentration improves, gradually lengthen the time you spend reading together. From about 12 months, try to … Continue reading

Language Development: Boosting with Books

Language Development: Boosting with Books

Experts recommend reading to babies right from birth.  Reading assists in language and concentration development. Simple poems and nursery rhymes can act as ‘stories’ for even the tiniest babies.  Enjoying books together from a young age is probably one of the most important thing you can do to help your child become a reader. Infants can have … Continue reading

Language Development: Expanding vocabulary

Language Development: Expanding vocabulary

There are several resources available on a daily basis which can be used to swiftly expand a toddler’s vocabulary and encourage a more talkative child. Reminisce Looking at photos together is a great way to help toddlers learn the names of friends and family. If they can’t say a name yet, see if they can point to … Continue reading

Language Development: Toddler talk

Language Development: Toddler talk

By the time a child reaches the age of 18 months, their vocabulary generally ranges at between 40 to 60 words. Occasionally a single word will be used in place of a sentence  or words wont be pronounced properly. This swiftly expands between 18 to 24 months. Suddenly they will be putting together 2 or more … Continue reading

Language Development: Babies First words

Language Development: Babies First words

Generally at around 9 to 14 months old, babies say their first words. They will have heard these words, many times before. Usually it will be the name of a familiar person or people. Usually at this age a word is learnt before the meaning is understood. Often a baby is encouraged and will learn through … Continue reading

Language Development: Rhyme Time

Language Development: Rhyme Time

Nothing will boost your babies’ language development like singing songs and reciting nursery rhymes. How does this help? By listening to rhymes or songs repeatedly, an infant learns to tune into the regular sounds and rhythms of the language. Babies will soon begin to recognise, their favourite rhymes and songs enjoying knowing what will come next.  When singing to … Continue reading

Language Development: Baby Chat

Language Development: Baby Chat

Babies need to learn that when people speak they take turns. Answering an infant when they gurgle, coo or babble will help them to understand and learn this concept. From as young as three months, babies will wait for a response after ‘speaking’. Wait for them to finish and then respond. Encourage more ‘talking’ by … Continue reading

Language Development: Talking the Talk

Language Development: Talking the Talk

From the moment a child is born, they are learning the skills necessary to one day, communicate, read and write. As parents and childcare professionals it’s our job to provide the children in our care with as many opportunities to learn as possible. Talking to an infant is a good place to start. Babies are able … Continue reading