Teach your child to speak fluently with these simple steps

Teach your child to speak fluently with these simple steps
August 06 09:01 2016

A lot goes through the head of a parent after the birth of a child. Among them, one of the main concerns is to teach their child to speak properly.

Before jumping into the depth of the article, I want to make one thing clear – every child is different. Please don’t make the mistake of treating every child similarly.

 

  • Some child might start speaking at one year old while some cannot utter a word until two years. Don’t freak out. Every child has a different learning rate.
  • The worst thing you can do to your child is to teach them with an established norm in a rigid manner. Some child learns through writing, some through listening and others through reading. The bottom line is you have to find a way through trial and errors what works and what doesn’t.
  • Parents usually get caught up in teaching their child so much that they forget about the fun part. Don’t make the learning process tedious, rigid and boring. Have fun.

 

General Guidelines

Below you can find a general guideline that’ll make the process of learning to speak fun and exciting.

  1. Practice makes perfect permanent. Talk to you child as much as possible. Don’t use complicated words and sentences. Speak clearly so that your child can grasp as much as possible. You’d be surprised how fast a child learns through practice.
  2. Never ever multitask while talking to your child. Whenever you engage in a conversation with your child, you should focus 100% on him/her. Look them in the eyes to let them know that they are not just randomly blabbering to themselves. You are hearing and listening to them.
  3. Whenever your child is able to speak properly, make sure you assure and compliment them that they are doing it right. For example – when they correctly name a fruit, reward them by hugging or kissing them.
  4. The beginning is often the hardest. When you see your child struggling to understand words, teach them through actions. For example – you can make breakfast, and ask them to sit eat while pointing out at the food and calling it a breakfast. This way, slowly but surely you can teach your child the basics pretty fast.
  5. Teaching doesn’t have to be confined to a room. Go out with your child and explore places such as parks or gardens. This will help him/her to learn new words and phrases.
  6. Never cuss or swear in front of your child. Children learn pretty quickly through osmosis. During their development, they try to copy everyone and especially their parents. Also showing anger and hatred in front of your child can have negative consequences. So take proper care while having a conversation in front of your child.
  7. Some children struggle to speak a particular word properly. Whenever it happens, make sure to expand the word and speak clearly. Miscommunication might lead the child to speak the word incorrectly.
  8. Do not multitask with your child. When speaking, switch off all the electronic devices such as television and MP3 players. This will help your child to focus on speaking since children have a hard time filtering out background noises.

 

Making Learning Fun

If you don’t make the learning fun, don’t expect your child to engage in it with you.

A lot of researches show that children who are taught through games learn a lot faster than the ones taught through textbooks and old school methods.

Play with your child’s favorite toy. Ask him/her about it. Listen to what your child is saying. Ask questions about the toy and listen enthusiastically.

Show your child pictures from their favorite book. Ask them about it and listen to them talking enthusiastically.

If your child doesn’t speak to you, use their favorite toy as a decoy. Let them speak to it. You can also use them is every day’s activities to make it more fun, like using the child’s favorite teddy bear in bed to make him/her sleep.

Use nursery rhymes to make your child speak in a rhythm. Make it a habit of speak the rhyme every day. For example, you sing along with them their favorite rhyme just before going to bed. This way, they’ll learn to speak as well as get an indication that it’s time to sleep.

When the weather outside is appropriate, go out with your child and tell him to close the eyes and listen to everything around them for a moment. Then ask them what did they hear and let them identify the sound, a fantastic observing, listening, and speaking game.

 

Listening and mimicking games can also be used to improve your child’s speaking as well as listening development

  1. Tell your child to clap in the same pattern as you’ll clap.
  2. Make noise in a certain way that an animal does. Then tell your child to pick the animal from pictures or toy and name it.
  3. Play games such as ‘Simon says’ and tell your child to follow the instructions. Give commands like child ‘Simon says to lie on the floor’ or ‘Simon says to dance in a circle’ and tell them to perform it.

 

You should also let your child talk to other people. This way he/she will learn the basics of a conversation. Don’t just ask to talk or just to listen. Talking and listening are equally important to hold a quality conversation.

 

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