Teaching Babies Languages

  1. When babies are asleep, their brain cells are receptive to language.
  2. Good foundations of language begin shortly after birth.” Talk about what you are doing with your baby.
  3. The high-pitched, singsong is a form of speech heard almost universally around the world.This kind of melodic speech is referred to as motherese, parentese, infant-or child-directed speech, or “baby talk.” In their book, How Babies Talk, Drs. Golinkoff and Hirsh-Pasek state that this kind of speech helps babies hear the sounds of language more clearly. When using parentese, you exaggerate sounds. You also use shorter sentences and pause longer between utterances.
  4. Studies show that children with a well-developed home language will successfully learn the majority culture language and do well in school.
  5. The more language children hear, the more intelligent they become. They will become good communicators and successful in reading, math, and the arts.
  6. For babies under ten months, the television screen is just a confusing blur.
  7. During their first year of life, it is crucial for babies to listen to and be actively involved in language face to face with a caring adult. Language fosters a baby’s ability to think and to solve problems as well as control his emotions.

Sugggestions:

  • We suggest that at about eight or nine months, you start reading as part of his bedtime routine. In this time, the  baby  is beginning to fall asleep, or in the state of feeling relaxed. The family is gearing down and beginning to relax in preparation for sleep. The baby becomes less energetic when he is winding down. He will be less interested in handling the book and more likely to listen to mother’s or father’s voice.
  • Let the baby hold books everywhere he or she goes to get used to himself or herself to books.
  • Don’t “force feed” him books, either. It takes gentle nudging by introducing a variety of books at the right moment and doing it as part of your daily routine.
  • Avoid many distractions in your home, such as background TV or video games as this could make your child  in a state of over stimulation, which doesn’t foster reaching for a book.

Summarized from Read to Your Babies

Learning Method for Babies

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