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Chatting with children (1 to 6 yrs)

Talking and having a conversation with your child play a necessary part in helping his language skill grow. Having a busy schedule of parents talking with kids have taken a backseat. Kids learn language more from cartoons or series they watch on TV or mobile. Parents play a vital role in doing conversation with kids. This comes conversation from an early age develops kids brain.
Scientists who have studied the brain have found out a great deal how we learn. That have discovered that babies learn much more from sights and sound around them.
As your child grows older, continue talking with her. Ask her about the things she does. Ask her about the event and people in the stories you read together. Let her know you are listening carefully to what she says. By engaging her in talking and listening, you are also encouraging your child to think as she speaks. In addition, you are showing that you respect her knowledge and her ability to keep learning.
What to do?
1) Talk often with your toddlers. When feeding, bathing and dressing them. Ask him to name or find different objects or clothing. Point out colour, sizes and shapes.
2) Talk with your child as you read together. Point to pictures and name what is in them. When he is ready, ask him to do the same. Ask him about his favourite parts of the story and answer his questions about events or characters.
3)Teach your toddler to be a helper by asking him to find things. As you cook, give him pots and pans or measuring spoons to play with. Ask him what is doing and answer his question.
4) Whatever you do together, talk about it with your child. When you eat meals, take walks, go to the stores or visit the library, talk with him. These and other activities the two of you a chance to ask and answer questions such as, ” which flowers are red? Which are yellow?”. ” What else do you see in the garden?”. Challenge your kids by asking questions that need more than a YES or NO answer.
5) Listen to your child’s questions patiently and answer them just as patiently. If you don’t know the answer to a question, have him join you as you look for the answer in a book. He will then see how important books are as sources of information.
6) Have your child tell you a story. Then ask him questions, explaining that you need to understand better.
7) When he is able, ask him to help you in the kitchen. He might set the table or arrange utensils. A first-grader may enjoy helping you follow a simple recipe. Talk about what you’re fixing, what you’re cooking with, what he likes to eat and more.
8) Ask yourself if the TV is on too much. If so, turn it off and talk.
And so on..Hope this will help us to improve our conversation with our kids.
Romal Surana.
Child and adolescent counsellor.
Source: preventing reading difficulties in young children, a report of the national research council.

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