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Encourage your child to sing songs and say rhymes, for example:
- songs you sing in the car, or on the bus;
- songs that have a rhythm that you can walk or dance to;
- songs your child has learned at school; or
- jingles from favourite adverts, television or radio shows.
Songs and rhymes are a fun shared experience. Learning songs and rhymes boosts your child's memory. They can enjoy different words that rhyme or create a mood.
Children improve their language by hearing how words are used in everyday life. Chatting to your child helps build their communication skills. Getting your child to tell you stories or explain things, helps them to put ideas in the right order. This is an important skill for listening and speaking.
When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.
But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”
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