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Build Speaking Skills


Talk to your child, read to him, and encourage him to read something aloud to you every night. Here's how these exercises help.


Read to your child

Read to your child as much as you can, and as often as possible. Needless to say, most parents will not have the entire day free to sit and read to their child, but you could certainly take out some time in a day. Some parents like to read to their children when they are feeding them, since it is easy to feed a small child while telling him a story. However, instead of reading to him at this time, it may be better if you tell him a story ad hoc. Read to him at night. This way, you can cuddle up with your child and with a nice picture book. Hold the book so both you and your child can look at it. Follow the words with your fingers as you read. Don't force your child to look at the book or to follow your fingers with you. Let him pay attention to the story. He will learn to read eventually anyway - this will just make him more familiar with the written word.


Encourage him to read aloud

Once your child can read, encourage him to read aloud every night. This increases your child's ability to read from text. Think back to your own classroom experiences. At times certain teachers would call upon students to read paragraphs aloud from their textbooks. Some students read flawlessly, while other students, who otherwise have no speech problems or impediments, suddenly started stumbling with words. Rita, mother of two children, had established a very interesting routine at home. Every evening, after dinner, each of her children would bring a textbook, and read aloud a small chapter from any subject they chose, to the rest of the family. Rita would then help them with their diction and pronunciation. Both parents made it a point to pay attention to their children when they were reading, and to turn off the television for around half an hour. Not only did the children's reading aloud ability improve dramatically, but in this manner they also did an enjoyable semi-revision at home. One of her children is now a successful freelance writer, while her other child is working with a news channel, as a broadcaster.


Talk to your child

Parents spend a lot of time coochie-cooing to their child, and less time actually talking to him. Speak to your child as much as possible, even if your child is a baby. You will be surprised at how much your child will pick up, and when it is time for your child to speak, he should be able to speak a lot earlier than other children. When first confronted with the idea of talking to a baby, you may wonder what on earth to talk about! Speak to him about the weather, tell him what a beautiful, sunny day it is, or how it rained so much. Ask him when he thinks his father will be home from work, and you wonder if he will be late again. Tell him what you are going to be eating for dinner that night. Be happy when talking, as children, even babies, can pick up unhappy vibes - so if you have any problems, it is not a good idea to unburden them on your baby even if he cannot understand what you say. The world of babies is indeed mysterious!

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Roohi.4 years ago
My 3 yrs.old grand daughter speaks in her own language, she cant even call Mama or Baba,even though she is very active and smart child What should we do that she start to talk normal.Please help
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Rishabh R.4 years ago
teaching two words: this & that with fingers pointed at the object are also useful at the initial stage. Now that my child has started going to Orchids he has mnay more words to expres himself
 
 
 
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Payal.4 years ago
Few days ago, I watched the movie Bedtime Story and I am inspired to tell a story to my kid every night before she hits the bed. Story telling is inspiring. Nice article!
 
 
 
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vineet.5 years ago
my 3 year old boy has problem in speaking. he can repeat sentences but cannot form on their own.he has limited vocabulary. he does not pay attention when we try to read to him. can somebody help on this?
 
 
 
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mj.7 years ago
nice aticle and vl surely implement the same
 
 
 
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mj.7 years ago
nice article,will surely implement this
 
 
 
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sara.8 years ago
lovely article
 
 
 
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ashika.8 years ago
i tried the above, but my daughter insists that she should hold the book, i did the same thing, but she does not allow me to read but says say something, if i ask her to ead she says she can't and nor does she allow me to read what todo?
 
 
 
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bs.8 years ago
great ideas .i have often wondered as to what to do woith my li'l one who is 4 years old besides just 'cootchie cooing'or playing games with her.building her speaking skills is a wonderful thing to buid upon.
 
 
 
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priya.8 years ago
its a wonderful article.
 
 
 
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