An excellent video online is available from Washington Learning Systems about the subject of talking and learning. The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is spotlighting this video as part of this month's Birth to Six topic. The video, "Talking and Learning: Language is Key" offers parents and providers with advice on how important language is and ideas for building language skills in children. Take a look: http://www.walearning.com/English.html.
Making reading-aloud with your child part of your daily routine is a great way to encourage a love of language. Building literacy skills doesn't involve only books. Take time each day to talk with your child - whether it's sharing a favorite picture book or reading-aloud recipes while cooking, your mail or signs you pass on a walk downtown. Talk about new words, describe the environment around you, and ask your child open-ended questions to encourage conversation. Sing songs and play with the sounds of words!
The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library has numerous resources for building language skills with your small child. Stop by and see us!