|Helping children learn the...|
|Things they need to know|
| The best way parents, or anyone, can help children learn words, or names, or almost anything they need to know is to...
TALK TO THEM,
Children are never really too young to talk to, because even if they don't catch every word, they're learning to listen, and they're learning from you, their most important teacher, that...
even things we can't see!
They're also learning that words are one of the most important ways people connect with each other.
|In addition to talking about what things are and what they're called, ask your child what makes them look different or special...
how they look, how they sound,
and even how they smell.
TALKING TO CHILDREN is also how they learn words about...
|NAME GAMES are something you can do with your child anywhere.
You can start by pointing at things around the house. Ask your child, "Sandra, is this the refrigerator or the stove?"
Then, see how many things your child can point to, or name by herself.
|CHILDREN LEARN A LOT IF YOU TALK ABOUT WHY YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING, TOO.
|COUNTING GAMES, and funny ones, too, can be played anywhere.
You can help your child get ideas about numbers and amounts anyplace you might be.
There are things to count everywhere.
You can ask your child to count things like buttons on a shirt, people in a waiting room, legs on a table, or keys on a chain.
|Parents seldom realize that just talking to children, and getting them to talk to you,
is probably the most important thing they can do for them.
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Part 2, "A Guide for Parents"