How to help with my child’s language skills:

💬How can I help my child’s language skills?💬

1️⃣ Talk, talk, talk. Narrate the day as it evolves. Tell your child, for instance, “Now we’re going to take a bath. Can you feel the warm water on your belly? When we dry off, we’ll get dressed and take a walk.”

2️⃣ Read, read, read. It’s never too early to read to your baby. One good predictor of future reading success is the amount of time parents spend reading with their child. Parents can start with simple board books and graduate to picture books and longer stories as their child gets older. Story times at the local library or bookstore can also help a preschooler develop a love of books.

3️⃣ Enjoy music together. Young children love music and movement. When they listen to lively songs, like “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” they learn about the world around them and the rhythm of language.

4️⃣ Tell stories. Make up elaborate stories with characters, conflict, adventure, and a happy ending. Be sure that the stories fit your child’s interests and aren’t too scary for their liking.

5️⃣ Follow your child’s lead. If your little one seems interested in a particular picture in a book, keep talking about it. If she seems intrigued by a boat, show them more boats and talk about them, too. Repeat their babbles back to them, ask questions, and interact with them. You can even try recording your child on a tape recorder and playing it back.

6️⃣ Never criticize your child’s articulation or speech patterns. Instead, repeat their statements back to them with the correct pronunciation or word usage. Give your child lots of praise for their efforts.

7️⃣ Use television and computers sparingly. It is recommended that children younger than 2 years of age not watch television at all, and that children 2 and older view no more than two hours of quality programming a day. While some educational programs can be beneficial to kids, TV shows don’t interact with or respond to children, which are the two catalysts kids need to learn language. Computer games are interactive, but they aren’t responsive to a child’s ideas.

8️⃣ Treat ear infections thoroughly. If your pediatrician prescribes an antibiotic to treat an infection, make sure your child takes the correct dosage each day and uses it for the full prescribed time. When your child finishes the prescription, schedule a follow-up visit with your pediatrician to make sure the infection has cleared. Damage to the ear can cause severe language development issues.

9️⃣ Go on field trips. A trip to the zoo, the aquarium, or a children’s museum will open up a whole new world for your child. As an added bonus, they’ll want to learn the names of all those fascinating creatures and fun activities she experienced.

Language Development For Toddlers

✅ Language development checklist for parents of babies who have reached their 24 months / 2 years old milestone ✅

Language Development For Babies

💬 Babies communicate from birth, through sounds (crying, cooing, squealing), facial expressions (eye contact, smiling, grimacing) and gestures and body movements (moving legs in excitement or distress, and later, gestures like pointing.)

Babies continue to develop communication skills when adults respond to their efforts to “tell” others about what they need or want.

🍼Herewith a checklist for parents regarding language development for babies by the end of 12 months old🍼

World Health Day

🌍 World Health Day is celebrated by the people all across the world every year on 7th of April under the leadership of World Health Organization to draw attention towards the importance of global health.

This year’s theme is: Our Planet, Our Health.

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Not just as parents but also as humans, we must do our bit in contributing towards the health of our planet as well as our children to give them a happy present and happier future. If we take care of the health of the child in his early lives then he will grow to become a strong and healthy individual in years to come, who will ultimately be able to care for our precious planet.

🎀 Happy World Health Day 🎀

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Autism Awareness Day

🧩 2 April is World Autism Awareness Day. 🧩

Did you know that CDC statistics revealed that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is 4.3 times more prevalent in boys than it is in girls? This is because girls “often go undiagnosed because they don’t fit autism stereotypes and they mask symptoms better than boys do,” according to the Child Mind Institute.

There is no better way to celebrate this day than by becoming aware of the characteristics of people with this condition and how all of us can do better to increase our own understanding and promote kindness.

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Toddler Emotions

Toddlers are little people with big feelings that they don’t always have the words for.
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That’s where you come in. Because play is the natural way children learn and develop, playing with your toddler gives him a chance to express his feelings and practise managing them.

💡Tip: Toddlers watch how you express your feelings, and you can set a good example when you manage your feelings well. For example, you send a powerful message when you respond to your frustrated toddler with calmness and understanding.

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Temper Tantrums

When it comes to temper tantrums, we can all use some advice 🚼ℹ️
Here are six tools for dealing with your child’s tantrum:

1️⃣ Focus on feelings
Children’s tantrums often stem from intense feelings that can be tough for them to handle. Showing empathy by labeling your child’s feelings and letting them know you understand can be helpful: “I understand that not getting that candy makes you really mad.”

2️⃣ Do some distraction
You can try salvaging any positive feelings. Your shopping trip may have previously held by simply distracting your child from his fit. You can start talking to them about something else (“What should we play when we get home?”), or absolutely anything else you can think of that might help distract them.

3️⃣ Try touch
It has been found that one of the most effective ways to stop our child’s tantrums is through touch. Children really responds to a mid-meltdown massage, tickle or cuddle. Not only does it distract them by helping them to focus on other sensations, but it also helps to reconnect you and your child after the emotional separation that a tantrum can cause.

4️⃣ Breathe
Taking deep breaths can help your child calm down when things get tough. You can teach your children by saying, “Breathe in like you’re smelling a flower, breathe out like you’re blowing out a candle…” Repeat as needed.

5️⃣ Ignore it
Especially if you’ve already tried some of the above tools without success, you may have deduced that your child’s tantrum is just a really loud last-ditch effort to get what they want. Although children often throw tantrums because they’re having difficulty handling big feelings, sometimes a meltdown is just an effort at manipulation. In that case, they will get over it soon. And if you ignore it, they will learn that throwing a tantrum didn’t get them anything – so next time they might as well skip it.

6️⃣ Use positive reinforcement
If tantrums are becoming a pattern for your little one, you might want to try positive reinforcement to help prevent future outbursts. On occasions when you witness your child deal with problems in a calmer, more productive way (as rare as those may be), make sure to give your child plenty of compliments. And if you’re really desperate, you could offer a reward system such as earning a sticker for every day he doesn’t throw a tantrum, and a special reward once they accumulate five stickers.

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World Water Day

It’s a day to educate, celebrate, reflect, and make a difference to water management in the world.

Water is life. Save water save life. Life not only for humans but animals, birds, and plants too. Conserve water. Happy World Water Day!

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eiseley

#smileykids #preschool #southafrica #WorldWaterDay #earlychildhooddevelopment #raisingthepreschoolbenchmark #EveryDropCounts #savewater

How to deal with temper tantrums…

🤍 How To Deal With Temper Tantrums 🤍
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Family Love

❤️🌈 If our love for you had a colour, it would be the whole rainbow ❤️🌈

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