Thursday, May 10, 2012

Language and a fun activity for all ages!

Repetition!  Repetition! Repetition! 
Okay- I think I made my point:) Sometimes,  children need to be exposed to new words multiple times in order to learn them. Therefore, I believe repetition is a highly important and easy to use tool that we as parents can utilize to strengthen our children's receptive and expressive language skills.   WAIT!  Let's back up, what exactly is receptive and expressive language?  In very basic terms,  expressive language is the words spoken while receptive language is the understanding and comprehension of words spoken. What does repetition look like practically when conversing with your child?  I'm glad you asked! :):)

Newborn- Pretoddler
Babies can hear outside noise in the womb at 30 weeks!  Isn't that incredible!

I am amazed by God's creation and that He loves us enough to make us each special!

Psalm 139:14 states:

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Lily is now a toddler and I find that repetition is more important now than ever!

1.  ALL AGES: When Lily and I see a picture of a new object/person/animal in a book, I will label the object and then continue to repeat what the object is in sentence form.  For example, "Lily look its a "hippo."  "Oh I like the "hippo." Third, I will describe it - "the hippo is big."  I overemphasize the new word being targeted.  Often times, by the third time I am referencing the object, Lily will repeat the word.  Then, I make it a point to show her the object in different books, or pictures that we see in our daily routine.  I am a huge believer in encouragement!!  The bible says in

1 Thessalonians 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."

Therefore, when Lily does point to the targeted object and identify the object, I am clapping and saying great job!!! Then, I continue to re-emphasize the word and say you said "hippo" Wonderful job! Animals are so much fun and provide great avenues for language learning!

FUN ACTIVITY:  Try going on an animal safari with your little one!  They will absolutely love it!
You can print off different pictures of animals found in the jungle and hang them in different places in your house.  Make pretend binoculars out of a paper towel roll cut in half and look for the animals!!  There are so many language opportunities for this activity that I am just brimming over with excitement!  Once, you find an animal and identify it, you can talk about how it feels, what it sounds like, where it lives, what it eats, its size, color, and more!! Then, have fun and pretend to be the animal, the more animated the better!!!
Please please please, if you try this activity, please comment below and send me a picture if you can!! I would love to hear any feedback!

 Please NOTE: (if your baby/child is non- verbal, you can use this same technique but without the expectation that they will repeat the word after you)

Lily loved this activity! We used plastic animals instead of paper 
but both work great!
She loved giving the animals a bath in the river (a plate with water)!

1 comment:

  1. Loved the idea. Did it with the boys today and had a blast. Thanks for sharing. We love all your ideas! Check out our "animal talk" here: