Inventing songs with toddlers

Inventing songs with toddlers

Posted by: on Mar 24, 2016 | 4 Comments

Singing songs is a great way to boost toddler language skills because it engages little children in a fun interaction and encourages them to listen out for and enjoy the sounds of words. Inventing new songs extends this. It helps fill your toddler’s day with words, and makes songs directly relevant to their experience. The language-learning potential from that is huge! This post gives quick tips for inventing songs your little one will love.

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 4. Following instructions

Language skills targets for babies and toddlers: 4. Following instructions

Posted by: on Mar 15, 2016 | No Comments

When a little one begins to follow instructions this is a moment worth celebrating! Not only might they be able to help out with simple tasks, they are also showing us that they understand words. Whether a toddler follows commands is a crucially important indicator of their early language skills. Today’s post talks about this milestone, and how to help toddlers understand and carry out simple instructions.

Get toddlers active with these indoor obstacle course ideas

Get toddlers active with these indoor obstacle course ideas

Posted by: on Mar 2, 2016 | No Comments

Most toddlers crave movement. Their growing bodies need it, so games where they can run, jump, crawl and explore delight them. When it’s cold and wet outside this is more of a challenge than on warm summer days. An indoor obstacle course can get little kids moving, laughing and learning too, while they burn off some of that crazy kid energy. Obstacle courses are a simple, age-adjustable, and endlessly variable. They are also a great way for siblings to play together. Here are some ideas to get you started:

7 days of Goldilocks play for toddlers and preschoolers

7 days of Goldilocks play for toddlers and preschoolers

Posted by: on Feb 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

Each week I choose a book to read to my kids every day, and use it as a base for some simple activities. Our latest book-of-the-week was Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Here’s what I did with my 2 and 3 year olds to explore the story:

How to use story sacks  for reading fun with toddlers and preschoolers

How to use story sacks for reading fun with toddlers and preschoolers

Posted by: on Jan 28, 2016 | One Comment

Sharing storybooks with our children can spark a life-long love of reading, and is one of the best ways to boost language skills. Books encourage a rich vocabulary, and a strong grasp of how words work. In this post I want to talk about how making your own simple story sacks can make time spent reading with your child an extra-special event, supporting learning and the warm, loving experience of sharing a story.

5 super-simple playtime activities for boosting your toddler’s language skills

5 super-simple playtime activities for boosting your toddler’s language skills

Posted by: on Jan 24, 2016 | No Comments

Playtime activities for toddlers are surely best when they are fun and simple. Without the pressure of complex instructions to follow toddlers can learn in a natural and enjoyable way. In this post I share five of my favorite easy playtime activities, all of which can give your little one an amazing language workout.

How to start telling family stories with your toddler

How to start telling family stories with your toddler

Posted by: on Jan 20, 2016 | 7 Comments

Today I’d like to share a magical way to captivate your toddler, and introduce him or her to the joy of storytelling through a simple daily ritual. All you need is one small prop: a dollhouse family.

 

How to get your toddler talking: Thoughtful Communication

How to get your toddler talking: Thoughtful Communication

Posted by: on Jan 1, 2016 | No Comments

Do you want simple to apply techniques to help your toddler learn to talk? This series introduces the best strategies for boosting young children’s language skills. It all starts with thoughtful communication.