Posted on March 7, 2014 : Posted in Early Child Care, Legacy Academy, Parenting Tips

Supporting language development in a child’s first five years is one of a parent’s most
important tasks. Children who learn to be effective communicators are more likely to be
successful in all areas of their later schooling.

Because children seem to naturally learn language, we often assume that language just
happens. Children actually learn to talk from direct and indirect interactions with more
competent speakers and their environment. Here are some ways you can build your
child’s language capacity. Talk to your child during all daily routines, provide words to
go along with your actions and with things that your child is noticing in the

Don’t correct speech, elaborate and extend on it. Read books daily,
showing your child the pictures and pointing to words that go along with them. Help
them see the connection between the symbols we call letters and the words we speak.
Model good listening, and seek out meaningful conversations with children of every

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