Babies learn language from the age of 4 months
If you think that learning a language begins once your child is in school, then you’re probably wrong. It starts quite early, probably after the child is 4 months old according to a study by The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
At four months the babies gaze at their parents’ eyes. By six months, though, a dramatic change happens: babies show eager interest in lip-reading. When someone speaks, they stare at the mouth – puzzling out what this whole talking thing means and how it works. By the time they turn a year old, they start understanding the mechanics of sounds and go back to watching eyes during conversations.
1. Talk to your baby
While it sounds obvious, we often ignore this thinking what will a baby even understand.
The prominent conclusion, however, is that babies respond to sound which when mixed with expression and words becomes language. Therefore talking to babies is really powerful. You can talk to them about what you’re doing, where you’re going or about the environment around you.
Talking to your kid will develop her ability to understand others (i.e., receptive language) and express oneself (i.e., expressive language) using words, gestures, or facial expressions.
What can I talk to my child about?
- Once your child grows up a bit and is 2-4 years old, you can encourage him/her to tell you about his or her day, who he/she sat by during lunch, something funny that happened at school, etc. Help your child understand and ask questions. Play the yes–no game. Ask questions such as, “Are you Marty?” and “Can a pig fly?”
- Have your child make up questions and try to fool you. Ask questions that include a choice. “Do you want an apple or an orange?” “Do you want to wear your red shirt or your blue shirt?”
- Help your child learn new words. Name body parts, and talk about what you do with them. “This is my nose. I can smell flowers, brownies, and soap.”
- Not just this, it’s important that you show your child that you’re pleased when he or she speaks. Listen to your child’s sounds and repeat them back to him or her. These steps can really boost your kid’s speech and language development.
2. Read to your child
- Reading is another essential practice that can stimulate your kid’s understanding of language. Read to your child and with your child. Expose your child to plenty of reading-material available digitally with interesting graphics and interactive animations. You can also do a quick picture walk with them and reiterate what each of it means.
3. Leverage music, story telling, and rhymes
- What you can do further is sing songs or say nursery rhymes. This helps your child learn the rhythm of speech. Teach your child to imitate actions, such as clapping, and to say animal sounds. Practice counting with them.
4. Use visual aids
- Using visual aids help in building visual memory. Visual books, flash cards or simply pointing to objects around will go a long way in helping your child associate objects with their names.
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