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If your child is interested in dogs, encourage them to learn as much about dogs as they can.
Check out the website dogtime.com. It has pictures and information on over 200 dog breeds, all arranged alphabetically. There are even more breeds than that, and a lot of dogs that are "mongrels" (a mixture of more than one breed of dog). It's amazing to think that all the breeds belong to just one species. Most experts believe that all dog breeds are descended from the grey wolf of Central Asia.
Ask your child which are their favourite breeds judging from the pictures? Can they pick their top ten?
There's a lot of information, so don't get bogged down - we suggest you just read the top few lines on each dog.
Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!
Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.
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