By the time school starts, some kids will have heard 4 million more words than others! You can put your child on the “wordy” side by talking to your sons and daughters every day, as soon as they’re born. Describe the objects you see in the room, the colors and shapes baby encounters, the people coming to visit and how you know them. It doesn’t take much to build a vocabulary.
ask, tell, do
Ask your little one a question (Is a leopard fast or slow? How about an elephant?); tell them about their world (look at all the pictures Grandma has hanging in her house); or do something together (let’s count all the green vegetables we can find). There’s no limit to the number or type of sparks! you can create, all you need is a little imagination.
Tip: Look your child in the eye when initiating a sparks! activity and you’ll engage them even further.
Bright by Text
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Born Learning Trails
A trip to the park can be even more than fresh air and exercise. Born Learning Trails offer ideas to get your child hopping, counting and thinking, all while having fun. Find the one closest to you, or try them all! View a list of local trails installed by Great Rivers United Way.
Read, read, read
Even babies enjoy snuggling with you while you read a book. Read to your child as often as you can. This helps them learn new words, allows them to think creatively, and, depending on the book, can help them learn how to be a good friend.
how do you make sparks!?
You’ll find lots more tips on the bottom of this page and on our Facebook page.
Still want more activities? Vroom offers a variety of tips and the science behind them.
Curious to know if your child’s development is on target with most children that age? The CDC has some great info.
Wondering if your child is ready to start school? Check out our tips for assessing kindergarten readiness.
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