Document Sample
Mysteries_of_language_development_in_children Powered By Docstoc
					Mysteries of language development in children

Word Count:

You can don the mantle of a teacher to optimize learning

Since ancient times, parents have held a child’s hand and taught him or
her everything they know. Skills and ways to earn a living were handed
down from father to son and mother to daughter. In the fast paced and
ever changing world of today, you must know how a child learns in order
to help it develop appropriate language skills.

educational software,software for preschoolers,kids educational dvds

Article Body:
The first step is to make time for the child in your busy schedule.
Rework your life to give priority to the child. Spend quality time and
read as well as sing songs to the child everyday. You could play soft
music and other tapes like chants and so on in the child’s room at
specific times each day. Music enhances memory and learning.

Speak to the child and give the child time to respond. Make everyday
activities a learning time—introduce names of foods, point to the bath
tub and say bath, show the child the sponge or soap, help the child
recognize the animals and toys in the bath by introducing things like “
baby duck—quack, quack.”

Children listen, they learn how to discriminate specific sounds, and then
they associate sound with actions, and finally put together sounds with
what they actually mean.

Be vigilant at all times. If you have any doubts or notice any problems
please consult a doctor.

Play “follow the leader”

Well have you thought of things you can do to encourage speech and
language development? Well you don’t need special training or courses to
do this. Think about it—you smile and the baby smiles at you. So, if you
play “follow the leader” your baby will ape whatever you do and
unconsciously learn.

So, you must make faces at and sounds like ma, da, ba, and so on at the
baby. Strike a conversation with the baby while feeding, bathing, or
bonding with the baby. Tell the baby what is happening and all about
other family members and pets. Help the child recognize objects and
colors by saying things like, “Ah nice red ball, or cuddly brown bear.”
Don’t just use single words say, “Mama loves baby.”
Interactive Learning Tools

Innovations in learning have been in existence since time immemorial.
Early humans used the walls of the caves to express themselves and teach
young ones. With time, humans used beads, terracotta plaques, and Abacus
counters to teach. Colorful blocks and cards were used in memory games to
sharpen retentive skills as well as recognition in children.

With the many innovations in technology and the fast pace life is taking,
age-old methods of crooning songs while sitting with the child on a
rocking chair, or spending hours just conversing with a child are fast
changing. What is popular is interactive teaching materials that are fun,
CDs and DVDs from companies like Smart Neurons and several other
companies make learning a fun process. These are specially designed by
language experts to enrich a child’s vocabulary of words while
simultaneously placing them in the appropriate context. The CDs and DVDs
are more than interesting, they stimulate natural language and promote
learning through play.

Stay One Step Ahead

You will benefit if you make an effort to find out all you can about
language development. There are self-help books as well as web sites and
articles written by experts.

It is important to understand that the learning curve for every child is
unique. Some talk early while others do so a little later but most do
catch up. So, don’t be anxious and try and push the child. If in doubt,
ask the doctor. Plan to spend quality time with the child, listen to the
child’s moods and choices. Introduce laughter and joy by singing action
songs, making comic faces, and playing “pat-a-cake.”