It is a well-established fact that a ‘good parent’ reads to their child. Many of us are familiar with Albert Einstein’s quote that “If you want your child to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want your child to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
What many parents don’t know is that the most powerful storyteller in the house is the one who brings the story to life through conversation and play. In fact, research shows that:
“Reading is most valuable when it is accompanied by interactive discussion, including questions to invite responses and opinions.” (Morrow & Gambrell, 2004; Storch & Whitehurts, 2002)
Below are 4 reasons why the most effective reader in your house is the person who doesn’t just read the words on the page, instead they turn ‘book-reading into a conversation’. Here’s why:
Parents love first words. This milestone is one of the most exciting because all of a sudden your baby has become a real little person. It is the icing on the cake when the first word is also your name. “Dada” (heart melts). As speech pathologists, we are often asked when should my child say their first words?
Well the short answer is at about their first birthday but what many of us don’t realise is that there is a set of skills known as ‘pre-language’ that develop well before they are of ‘speaking age’. In fact, there’s a lot you can be ‘looking’ for when you are busy ‘listening’ for first words. Here are our top 3 ‘look fors’ before first words:
Many of us are allowing screentime more than ever before – if you are a parent who is working from home, or supervising school-aged children who are learning at home, chances are, you may have a little one under 5 who is demanding your attention more than ever before. While a common mantra amongst parents, educators and speech pathologist is “There is no app to replace your lap.”, the reality of the current situation during COVID-19 has seen some of you ask us for apps we would recommend as speech pathologists that are not ‘just games’ and may benefit your child’s learning. So here is our wrap-up of 5 apps and websites suitable for kids under 5.
Nursery rhymes may seem old-school, especially in this era when so many other apps, books, stories or songs available to young children. It may seem like they are no longer relevant (I mean, it’s less common to take a lamb with you to school nowadays). But let us highlight as speech pathologists, why we think they should not be a thing of the past!