Children’s academic successes at the age 9 and 10 can be attributed to the amount of talk they hear from birth through age 3-5.
The birth of your child is the most fascinating experience of your life. It’s amazing how your baby starts adapting to you and their surroundings.
Every child’s development is different from every other child’s, and is a complex mixture of patterns, which is determined mainly by his inheritance. Your baby will learn more quickly during the early years than at any other time in life. They need to be nurtured in the right direction to develop a sense of trust and security that turns into confidence as they grow.
Recent research confirms that the first five years are particularly important for the development of the child’s brain. The first three years are the most critical in shaping the child’s brain architecture. Early experiences provide the base for the brain’s organizational development and functioning throughout life. They have a direct impact on how children develop learning skills as well as social and emotional abilities.
In the early months, your baby is like a visitor from a foreign country. He can’t speak or understand your language. But he’s a fast learner. Babies listen to voices around them. They tune in to your voice and speech patterns. By seven months your child will use hand gestures, by twelve to fifteen months they will start to obey your requests. So a child will learn the meaning of about 1000 words a year from birth, to the start of school.
According to speech pathologist Heidi Hosking developing and nurturing pre-reading skills is the best way to ensure your child becomes a keen reader in the future. Just talking to your child and teaching them new words, will help to build your child’s vocabulary. This is of importance in the process of learning to read.
There are several things you can do to make reading fun. Create a ritual out of reading before bed time. Reading will also be a good way to calm down your kid before sleeping. These few necessary steps taken during age three to five will ensure a firm base for your child’s future endeavours.
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