- Turn everyday experiences such as waiting in lines, doing errands, and driving in the car into conversation starters. Talking with your child, you can learn about his/her ideas, observations, and feelings. This prepares your child for conversations, oral language and vocabulary building.
- Make up silly rhymes as you go about your day. Rhyming and other kinds of word play help your child to hear differences between sounds to understand that words are made up of letters and sounds. Rhyming is silly, fun and great for oral language and vocabulary building.
- Talk with your child about their day, your day, special family outings, school or work. Support your child’s vocabulary, interest and curiosity by planning a family outing. A walk to the local park or playground can become an opportunity to observe and discuss what you see such as animals, numbers, colors or shapes. A trip to the zoo can become an opportunity for your child to learn unique vocabulary words such as "hibernate," "ferocious," and "distinctive."