PILLAR 2: TALK, SING AND POINT

  • TALK, SING AND POINT TALK, SING, AND POINT

    WHY?
    Babies are learning language from the moment they are born. At first, to a newborn baby, speech is just sound. Then, day by day, they learn that the sounds have meaning. Every time you talk, sing, or point to what you are talking about, you provide clues to the meaning of what you are saying. You are providing important information to their brains about how language works and the thoughts and feelings that language communicates.

Talk, Sing, and Point

Habla, canta y apunta

  • Los bebés aprenden el idioma desde el momento en que nacen. Al principio, para un bebé recién nacido, el habla es solo un sonido. Luego, día a día, aprenden que los sonidos tienen significado. Cada vez que habla, canta o señala lo que está hablando, proporciona pistas sobre el significado de lo que está diciendo. Usted está proporcionando información importante a sus cerebros sobre cómo funciona el lenguaje y los pensamientos y sentimientos que el lenguaje

Hablar, cantar y punto

  • TIPS FOR INFANTS
    (NEWBORN - 12 MONTHS OLD)

    TALK A LOT
    Talk to your baby from the time they are born during activities like changing, feeding, bathing, and errands. Describe what you are doing. Label the objects around you by naming and pointing to them.

    GO BACK AND FORTH
    When your baby makes a sound, show excitement in your face and voice! Respond to their sound with words. See how long you can keep the “conversation” going. It is very powerful when the two of you can stay focused on each other for a while.

    USE A PLAYFUL VOICE
    Talk with a gentle, playful voice. Exaggerate the sounds of the words. This may feel silly at first, but it is actually very important. Babies pay extra attention and learn more when you talk this way.

    USE REAL WORDS
    Don’t just use “baby talk,” also use real words. The more words your baby hears, the larger their vocabulary will grow. Think of words as nourishment for your baby’s brain! Sing songs to your baby. This is a fun way for them to learn language. You might have certain songs for special times of the day, like bath time or before bedtime. 

    USE ANY LANGUAGE
    It doesn’t matter what language you speak with your infant. All languages are equally beneficial.

  • TIPS FOR TODDLERS
    (12-36 MONTHS OLD)

    DESCRIBE LIFE
    Talk about the things you’re doing and what is going on around you. Have conversations as you walk around the neighborhood or do errands.

    BE SPECIFIC
    The more specific you can be with words, the more your child will learn. For example, instead of saying “Let’s go,” you could say, “Let’s go shopping at the grocery store to buy some food.”

    USE YOUR HANDS
    When you talk about something, point to it. This helps your child understand what you mean. Encourage your child to point too. “Can you point to the triangle?” This will help them connect new words to the objects they represent.

    ADD IDEAS
    Help grow your child’s vocabulary by expanding on what he says. For example, if he says “doggie,” you can respond with, “Yes, that is a doggie. That doggie is brown and soft.”

    LISTEN AND RESPOND
    Listen to your toddler’s questions and answer them. Have a conversation. This is when the most powerful learning takes place.

    ASK QUESTIONS
    Get your toddler thinking. Have them explain what they are doing or what they think is going to happen. You may get some funny answers!

    SING AND RECITE
    Sing songs and recite nursery rhymes. Choose ones you remember from your own childhood, read in books, or make up new ones.

    USE ANY LANGUAGE
    It doesn’t matter what language you speak with your infant. All languages are equally beneficial.