Many parents are looking for a solution and ways to improve their Toddlers Speaking Skills (Vocabulary). Ever before your child speaks his First word, his speaking skills started getting developed. Itâ€™s up to us (parents) how we want to develop and build their speaking skills and vocabulary.
Do you remember your babyâ€™s first words like Baba, Mama, Dada, etc. Those are the starting few words in toddlers have in their own small vocabulary, Importance of vocabulary is not only for better communications but it will also help in babyâ€™s brain development.
By the time your child is 2 years old, he or she will start using small but complete words like dad, mom, dog, ball, milk, toy, eats, dodo etc, depending on his interest and liking, e.g. if he likes to play with ball than he will speak ball very clearly which I can tell from my experience as my 2 years old daughter use to speak ball very clearly as she was and is very fond of balls.
We should always speak normal (just like a grown up kid) with our baby from birth itself, as babyâ€™s brains are always in learning mode and more we communicate with them will make them understand language, tone and words quickly and very early.
As far as deciding right age to start focusing on vocabulary development is concerned, no one can say that as it varies from kids to kids. As soon as you notice that your child is started using small words like mama, daddy, cat, dog than that is the best time to start, which normally happens as soon as babies hit 24 month mark.
As we know our kids are more monkey than human when it comes to copying they imitate what they see their parents are doing, same goes with your speaking, when your child hears you speak they will try to imitate that in the same tone and pronunciation. Therefore, itâ€™s parentsâ€™ duty to speak clearly and correctly around their child. Wrong pronunciation and tone around them will make them adopt same.
Your conversation with your toddlers should always be in sweet and cute tone, As they Â are smart enough to understand your tone and they can respond back in the same tone.
The biggest mistake parents do with their toddlers, when they start speaking in lingos by using incomplete words and sentences. Full sentences will encourage your toddler to try and repeat the same sentence to you, at their age, they may not speak the full sentences clearly, but it will be stored in their memories which they will retrieve one day and speak just the same.
Here we are not taking about regular toys for toddlers like board or musical games. We are talking about new age gadgets like Google Home, Amazon Echo. My Baby love to say OK Google, and command him to play her favorite song and rhymes in her cute tone (with an accuracy of 30%.) These interactive gadgets will help and encourage them in developing their speaking skills.
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While trying to develop speaking skills of toddlers you should try teaching same words at many different places, for example, if you are trying to teach shapeâ€™s name (triangle, square, arrow etc). Then you should practice while he is playing with his toys of different shapes, also you should practice it by showing him different shapes of boxes in a mall or stones in the playground. This will help him recognize shapes and their respective words correctly and which will help him speak/ learn that word forever.
Try to have a sensible and meaningful conversation with your child. Once you are complete with your sentences wait and hear what your toddler has to say. Good conversation with your child means a good start in developing his speaking skills. Engage your toddler in a long conversation and in between encourages him to repeat the words after you.
We must have noticed in play schools and playing area that some kids are very talkative while others are very quiet, in most of the cases this is credited to their parents and their behavior around their kids. Parents who engage regularly in a meaningful communication with their kids find their kids showing similar behavior with other kids/elders.
Toddlers communicates in their own language so we should not stop and interrupt them when they are telling you something and trying to strike a conversation in their own cute language. As these conversations will build their confidence and encourage them to speak even more in the future with you and with others.
Some parents stop their kids in between and try to correct them every time when they are trying to say something in their own language which is not correct as it will impact the confidence of those young minds.
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You might be thinking does your toddler is smart enough to understand those Big Words. Oh Yes! These days toddlers are very smart and intelligent they will not only memories big words, but also surprise you by speaking them when you expect the least. You just need to be little patient while teaching those big words, try splitting word into 2/3 pieces and speak very slowly in first few tries , you will be surprised just over 2/3 attempts how quickly your kiddo grasps it and repeats after you.
Little older kids are always a big help in fast development and learning of younger kids As young kids wants to do the same things and wants to speak just like they see those older kids are speaking.
So they start learning words and speaking very quickly, we would have noticedÂ that toddlers with older siblings are quicker and better in their speaking and overall development as they are learning from their older siblings all the time as compared to kids with siblings.
We should encourage interaction of toddlers with little older kids, when we say older means age different should not be more than 2 years as higher age difference may not help much as much older kids may not attract attention of these toddlers.
Nothing will work if you are not spending Quality Time with Your Toddler. You & only you are the best trainer to develop your Toddlerâ€™s Speaking Skills. Whenever you are interacting with him, Â be it while feeding, playing, changing diapers, in the car, the at playground, try and speak loudly & slowly about things around him example, red cycle, blue car , brown book, big toy etc, so that he knows that something new is there which he needs to learn and speak.
Reading is the best habit a Toddler can adopt from his parent, it plays a very important role in his overall development .Toddlers are too small to read for themselves, but they love to see the picture in books and they love to identify Â characters like Mickey Mouse, Disney, Goofy, Pluto, Rabbits and Lion.
Make book reading a daily routine which will encourage toddlers to ask for that particular book with his favorite animals , also he will repeat after you and speak aloud the names of the characters in book like birds, tree, apple, dog etc.
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