Finished your IL book this month?
Read our Book of the Month.
By Joyce Wan
Enjoy these tips for this month's book of the month:
1. As you read, ask children engaging questions about the animals. For example:
- Point to the hen.
- Where is the pig?
- Can you find the horse?
2. As you read, define difficult vocabulary words as they come up. Stop briefly to ask questions about some of the illustrations. Ask children to tell you about the illustrations.
- What do you see in this picture?
- Can you tell me the names of some of the animals in the picture?
3. Imitate the sounds each animal makes. Sing the sounds in different tones. Be silly!
Why is Baby Communication Important at Birth?
Nonverbal cues like eye contact, cooing, crying and listening are your baby's "language" to tell you needs, wants, and feelings. When parents respond to their baby’s gestures, they are building the very architecture of their brain, determining the foundation for future language, communication, and relationship development.
"Serve and Return" Interaction Shapes the Brain
All you need do is smile, talk, sing, read, play and respond to your baby. It’s called “serve and return” interaction. This back-and-forth process is fundamental to the wiring of the brain, especially in the earliest years. Serve and return interactions help parents create a safe and secure environment for infants, and they help infants build a realization that they’re being taken care of and understood.