Get them to talk with flashcards: Haven't bought flashcards since high school SAT days? Well my friends, it is that time again. When Chanel was about a year old, my speech therapist friend encouraged me to use flashcards to label things around the house. Her reasoning was that by 12 months, babies start going through a pointing phase. So they point and you label. That's how language begins. The flashcards serves as a visual tool to remind us to label. And guess what? People come over and look confused, but they all point and label the flashcards out loud. It works like a charm!
By 18 months, your LO should be saying 10-15 words and by 2 years old, that jumps to 40-50 words. My beloved second child, is a tad bit behind in terms of saying words, so I am being more proactive. Reading books, narrating my very ordinary day, and now Flashcards have made a major comeback.
Can you guess who helped me with these flashcards? My 4 year old got involved, which has easily benefitted her language as well. She labels them herself whenever she walks by because she wrote a lot of them! This naturally helps with letter recognition, phonics and you guessed it… reading! It is also important to note that my words are all written in uppercase letters because kids developmentally acquire capitals first!