4 simple swaps to boost your child’s learning
Share stories with your child
Sit next to your child when sharing stories. Look for their reactions and share the surprise, wonder and hilarity with them.
Everyday activities are learning experiences.
Cooking, cleaning, and writing the shopping list are perfect times to talk to your baby or young child. There are lots of new words they can learn.
Stop, pause, and linger with books.
Take your child’s lead when it comes to sharing a story. Stop when they see a picture or word that interests them. Pause and ask questions, talking about how the book relates to their day or what’s going on in their world. Linger on things in the book your child is interested in. You may only get through a page or two but it’s the shared experience and positive interaction that matters. Cover to cover book reading with a young child rarely happens!
Multi-task. Make bath and travel time song time.
Babies and young children learn a lot from simple nursery rhymes and songs. They love songs with actions and singing them really helps with language development. Try Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Open Shut Them, Incy Wincy Spider, The Wheels on the Bus, Where is Thumbkin and Five Little Ducks. If you need a little help remembering the words, head down to your local library’s Rhyme Time session for a reminder.
Sharing your tips, tricks and highlights with other parents and caregivers who have similar aged children is often enjoyed at Rhyme Time sessions too!