Your child's vocabulary and language skills grow through day-to-day conversations and experiences.

  • Talk about what you are doing throughout your day. Ask questions and allow your child plenty of time to formulate answers. Then respond to extend the conversation.
  • Include her in family conversations.
  • Ask her open-ended questions and try to answer all of her "why" questions. Look up answers in a picture dictionary together.
  • Tell stories about your day or make up stories together.
  • Talk to your child in the language you know best. This allows you to explain things more fluently so your child will learn easily from you.
  • Help her identify her emotions with words or names.

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