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Q: I know teaching my child the alphabet is important for preparing for school. What else can I do?

Posted August 22, 2013 in Questions & Answers

A: Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary! Load your child’s daily experiences with language. Don’t hold back. Use sophisticated language for concepts your child knows. For example, you might say: “That building is gigantic, or very large” to teach a new word in your everyday conversation. Read nonfiction books to your child and discuss the new concepts. Encourage your child to talk about these ideas using the introduced vocabulary. Go to museums or places in which you can offer your child novel experiences. If that isn’t possible, watch a nature program on TV and discuss it with your child. Spark their curiosity about the world around them and develop their ability to talk about it.

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