Isn’t it one of the best feelings in the world when your baby starts talking? It’s a major milestone in the growth of your baby from infancy to childhood and you have a significant role in helping your child talk better. This includes the pace at which your child learns new words and also how well he or she pronounces them. Here are five easy and fun ways through which your child can learn the right pronunciation of words as he/she steps into the world of languages:
Parents Are The First Teachers
Your baby learns to talk from you much before he/she starts going to playschool. Right from infancy, your baby observes everything around him/her including what you speak and how you speak. This makes it vital for you to put a conscious effort into laying the base right for your baby. Babies try to imitate their parents or what they see around them very often. A slow and systematic approach will help you teach your baby new words which they will learn while trying to imitate you.
Encouragement Improves Everything
Do not make your child feel sorry about their language or pronunciation; make sure that nobody around them makes fun of them either. Sit with your child and read out his/her favorite story books so that he understands how you pronounce the words. You can also play audios and videos that narrate stories and nursery rhymes so that your child can listen to a person other than you pronounce the words. Ask your child explanation for things that he/she does and encourage him to ask questions to you. This will improve the pronunciation of words as well as the vocabulary of your child.
Make It Fun
Games are one of the best ways to teach your child new things without making them lose interest in the subject. They are more interactive and repetitive in nature which makes it easier to get the information registered in your child’s brain. Singing nursery rhymes, storytelling, and games that involve conversations are essential activities that you shouldn’t miss out.
Don’t Force It
It’s important to have patience while dealing with children and especially when you want them to learn something. Your child may learn some things faster than other children and at the same time, they may be slower at picking up certain other things like pronunciation. Give it time and keep trying because they are going to learn it soon.
Once your child reaches a point where he/she can speak pretty well without making a lot of mistakes, encourage him/her to try tongue twisters. They will help in easing out the vocal development of your child for further improvement in pronunciation. Also, tongue twisters are fun, and your child will find it challenging to learn them. Below are a few tongue twisters that you can teach your child right away!
“Picky people pick Peter Pan Peanut-Butter, ‘tis the peanut-butter picky people pick.”
“The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.”
“There was a fisherman named Fisher who fished for some fish in a fissure. Till a fish with a grin, pulled the fisherman in. Now they’re fishing the fissure for Fisher.”
You as a parent can teach your child a lot of things and the right pronunciation is just one among them. If your child cannot pronounce it right, make sure you let him/her know it’s okay. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to learning and it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s your responsibility to make your child’s most memorable days of learning a happy and positive one than a bossy and boring one. Good luck!