- Ask open-ended questions to allow your child explain their answers. “How was your day at school?” or “What did you do at grandma’s house?” these questions leave plenty of opportunity to discuss their adventures, use expression and new vocabulary. Of course, you can ask yes/no questions when appropriate, but use every opportunity to get your child to practice speaking.
- While grocery shopping together, talk about what you will buy, how many of each item and what you will make. Talk about sizes, shapes, colors and weight. “Wow, this milk is heavy.”
- Use a wide range of new vocabulary words when speaking to your child. This will build their library of vocabulary words, learn new meaning, speak clearly, and learn new concepts. Use words such as first, middle, last, or opposite words such as up/down, slow/fast, tall/small, etc.