Repetition is crucial to learning language! You will note that in this week’s milestones blog I mentioned Roman wants us to read the same book over and over. It may cause adults to yawn and nearly fall asleep from boredom, but for children they are soaking the information in like sponges. They have an intrinsic desire for repetition.
Here are some ways you can incorporate repetition into your day!
Beginnings sound words – pick a few words you would like to target and repeat the first sound such as bbbb (for ball or baby), mmmm (for mom or milk), pppp (for push or pop), etc.; show them the actual object or action while you are targeting the sounds and words.
Words, Phrases and Sentences – try to use the same/similar words, phrases, and sentence each time you are doing something; feel free to even sing it (e.g. – Wash you hair, Brush your teeth, Eat you food, Throw the ball, Turn the page, etc.). .
Books – pick a few books you want to focus on each week and keep repeating them so your child gets familiar with the pictures and vocabulary; have them point to familiar items too; you are going to see they will pick it up very fast!.
Situations – try to expose your child to the same experience several times to get them familiar with a routine (eg – park, music classes, art class); if he or she takes part in an activity over and over they will not only be comfortable in their environment, but also learn language fast!.