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Why What You Say Matters
Studies have proven the importance of family context in language acquisition. Help your child succeed in school by beefing up your language interaction at home. Children who are raised in families where there is more talking develop higher levels of language. This is a simple way to help your child expand their vocabulary and strengthen their communication. It doesn't have to be anything special, just encourage more talking at dinner or during other family activities.
1. Challenge Him to Get Out Of His Comfort Zone
If your child is still young, you are probably used to using simple nouns and modifiers when you speak to them. Try to vary it up and move out of their comfort zone. At a young age, children are constantly learning inside the classroom and outside. Help them learn new words and how to use them. You are a wealth of knowledge so don’t hold back! If you take this time to help them, they will succeed in school.
2. Be Your Child's Cheerleader
Remember to keep it positive. You are your child's cheerleader. You want them to succeed in school so keep encouraging talking. Give them positive feedback when they participate in the dinner conversation or at the breakfast table. Help your child feel comfortable speaking at home. This will encourage them to participate in school and get more out of the class discussion.
3. Help Her Make the Connection
Focus on names and how they relate to certain concepts. Children often struggle explaining previous events or giving their personal interpretation. Help your child understand how things relate to each other. This will allow them to give details about prior experiences, anticipate upcoming events and possible outcomes, and explain situations.
4. If You Want Her to Do Something, Just Ask
It is not realistic to expect perfect behavior from our children. Children have a mind of their own and need to make certain mistakes to learn. Don't demand specific behavior from your child. If you want them to do something, ask them. Children who learn to respond to requests rather than demands will be more equipped to behave properly in school.
5. Let Him Ask Away
Your responsiveness to your child's requests and questions matter. Your child needs to feel that you are willing and ready to answer any question they have, whether significant or trivial. This will encourage them to continue asking question at home and in the classroom. Their increasing confidence will also influence the types of questions they ask their teachers and peers.