Banish Baby Talk
Don't dumb down your language. Using more complex sentence structures and rich language at home will improve your child's grasp of literacy and build a long-term foundation for language. Don't be forced or unnatural—introduce new words in a way that helps them understand it as best you can, and be ready to explain any unfamiliar words. Dickinson suggests parents visit museums, zoos and historical exhibits, using the experience to introduce complex vocabulary.