Storytelling

Children love stories! Storytelling fosters imagination and creativity and transports children into magical worlds and faraway places. Imagination is about making pictures in our minds. Preformed pictures of a story in a book, somewhat limits a child’s imitation to create the picture. In storytelling .gestures, voices, rhythm, repetition,  and movements a bring the story alive. …

Children and Concepts

Exploring concepts should be an engaging activity. Often children are simply taught to memorise basic concepts that are descriptions of size (big/little) or show location (up/down). Children learn these types of concepts by listening to adults and older children, following commands and directions. Concepts are also often learnt by reading books. An active approach to …

Learning to Talk

Eye Contact Babies love faces and they will stop smiling if you remove the eye contact. In many culture, having eye contact with the person you are communicating with is essential. Non-verbal clues are often picked up.    Focus on the Mouth It would seem reasonable to assume that your baby tries to look into …

Bilingual Children

Swim or Sink The first four years of her life, my daughter spoke Swedish. Then she was thrown into an English-speaking world. We continued to speak Swedish at home, and after spending a year watching other children at the kindergarten, she began school without having spoken any English. The occasional "hi" and "bye". But that …

The Journey towards the First Words

  0-3 months Begins to imitate some sounds.  Recognises familiar voices. Turns towards familiar sounds. Cries in different ways for different needs. Makes different sounds - coo, gurgle, click, stops, grunt and pops. Startles to loud sounds. 3-6 months Exploring the vocal tract capabilities.  Raspberry or click sound, babbling and imitating sounds. Moves eyes around …

The Babbling Journey – Milestones

    0-3 months Listen carefully and you can hear the first coo, gurgle, grunt, click, stop and pops.   3-6 months Exploring the vocal tract capabilities.   Long vowels, squeals, yells, growls, trills, and friction noises. Raspberry or click sounds, you  might hear consonants like “m-m-m-m” or “b-b-b-b”. 6-10 months Enjoys vocal play and experiments with …

Bilingual Infants

Juggling Two Systems A bilingual infant juggles two systems for communicating. They learn two sets of sounds, two words to name every concept, and two grammatical systems. Do they prefer one language to the other? Recent research suggests that babies are like little sponges in the womb and that they can distinguish between two languages.  …