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Children love to hear stories, whether they are ‘made-up’ or ‘real life’. You can do the following story-telling activities with your child.
- Tell your child a ‘real life’ story about when you were young – like your first day at school or your favourite toy when you were young.
- Encourage your child to make up their own stories about their favourite toys or animals, for instance.
- Talk about photos taken at family events. Turn them into a story.
Your child will learn from you how to tell stories, and will gain confidence in telling stories themselves.
Children’s ability to think and understand experiences develops by listening and speaking. As a child’s language becomes more complex so does their ability to understand more complex thoughts and ideas. The family is the child’s first source of language and learning and there are lots of everyday activities that occur in the home, which can help children’s language skills. Your child will get better at using words when they practice words and hear the sounds of words.
Just keep talking and listening. Normal routines provide lots of opportunities for conversation and for all the family to learn new things. If you are walking down a street, point out things you see and talk about them. Explain new words, show the colours or point out shapes. Ask your child what animals or buildings they like. There’s no end to what you can talk about together.
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