From day one, a child’s brain begins forming connections very quickly - connections which build the foundation for all learning he or she will do later in life. In fact, 90 percent of children’s critical brain development occurs by age 5.
|TALK! TALK! TALK! Have meaningful conversations with your child each day. Talking develops areas in your child’s brain for understanding speech and producing language.|
|READ! READ! READ! It is never too early to begin reading to your child.|
|SING! SING! SING! Singing traditional lullabies and nursery rhymes develops language skills and makes learning fun.|
Interact and play! Set aside time for your child to play with others and alone.
|Choose a wide variety of toys that encourage your child to explore and interact. Include games that require using hands to move, assemble, and disassemble objects.|
|Describe objects, activities, and events for your child.|
|Use and explain new vocabulary.|
|Explore a variety of indoor and outdoor locations together.|
|Encourage children to draw pictures and dictate stories. As children grow, offer them opportunities to write original stories.|
|Set limits to balance digital play with other types of activities|
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