• Help your child to develop oral expression and vocabulary.
    Fluent readers and writers possess good vocabulary and expressive language skills.
    With today's hectic schedules, so much of our interactions with children are often reduced to command.  "Hurry up", "Get dressed", "Stop that!".  Try to break this pattern whenever possible. 

    Help your child to expand his/her language skills by questioning. For example, if your child says "The dog is barking."  You can reply by asking "I wonder why he is barking?, What do you think?"  Instead of asking your child a question that requires a yes or no answer, phrase you questions in such a way that your child will need to give more information.  For example, instead of "Did you have fun playing with the trucks?"  Ask, "Which was your favorite truck?  What color is it?  What is the truck used for?  Can you tell me a story about the truck?"
    Most important of all, limit your child's TV time! 
    Did you know that a brain study conducted in the 1990's found that there is less activity in a child's brain while watching TV then while sleeping?
Last Modified on November 16, 2012