You Don’t Need Fancy Toys to Teach Turn-Taking!

Did you know that learning to take turns is about more than just sharing? It lays the foundation for learning how to have a back-and-forth conversation. Taking turns teaches a child how to be an active part of a social interaction even when they’re not doing anything. It teaches them to wait, watch, and respondContinue reading “You Don’t Need Fancy Toys to Teach Turn-Taking!”

Language-Building Play for Kids Who Like to Move

Keeping young children engaged in highly-structured language-building tasks can be challenging, especially when the task requires them to be seated in one place. However, staying seated in one place is by no means a requirement to work on language. In fact, you’re much more likely to have success working on language if you incorporate theContinue reading “Language-Building Play for Kids Who Like to Move”

For the Multi-Tasking-Parent: How to Build Language While Doing the Dishes

As a parent stuck at home during this strange, unprecedented time, many of us are finding it harder than ever to juggle work, parenthood, and running a household! When we’re already spread so thin, thinking of new ways to work on language with our children can be a daunting task!  Instead of finding new gamesContinue reading “For the Multi-Tasking-Parent: How to Build Language While Doing the Dishes”

Use Stacking Blocks to Teach Your Child New Words!

Fill-in sets is a term I use to describe phrases like “ready, set,… go” that you can leaving unfinished for a child to fill in. For example, parent says, “ready, set….” and child fills in, “go!”  Fill-in sets are a great way to stimulate language and they’re engaging for children because they are: –       predictable –       exciting (thinkContinue reading “Use Stacking Blocks to Teach Your Child New Words!”