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Communication, Toddlers 18 Months-3 Years

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To do list from the book Bright from the Start, Jill Stamm, Gotham Books

  • Talk frequently all day long, describing actions and objects that are encountered in the daily routine (while dressing, changing, feeding, shopping, clearing, preparing a meal, etc.).

  • Modulate voice and facial expressions and vary intonation to match levels of enthusiasm, amotions and meaning.

  • Emphasize eye-to-eye contact when talking directly to toddler to assure understanding.

  • Use a second language naturalistically if you are bilinqual.

  • Introduce music at different times throughout the day and sing simple songs.

  • Hang photos for the toddler to look at while in a crib, carriage, car seat or on the floor to encourage early visual discrimination.

  • Deliberately point out and label objects by their name (e.g., light switch, door, cupboard, dish, etc.).

  • Deliberately point out and label simple attributes of objects (e.g., smooth, rought, ot, big, square, round, blue, red, stripped, wet, etc.).

  • Deliberately point out objects that are the same, or different in one dimension {e.g., smooth/rough, hot/cold, big/little, up/down, over/under, open9shut, wet/dry, etc.).

  • Deliberately label and discuss feelings (e.g. tired, hungry, happy, mad, hurt, etc.).

  • Treat any signs of ear infections quick by getting medical help.

  • Hold toddler and read plastic, cardboard, or cloth books daily in order to share new words and repeat reading familiar books that the baby enjoys,

  • Frequently read rhyming stories or play with rhyming word with the baby, pointing out how/where words sound alike and sound different (e.g., rat, hat, sat, bat, etc.).

  • Provide building blocks for stacking to foster eye-hand coordination needed for writing.

  • Provide opportunities for the baby to pick up tiny pieces of bread, Cheerious, banana, etc.; for practise with fine motor skills.

  • Introduce books with one or two sentences per page.

  • Allow baby to turn pages of cardboard book.

  • Play while reading (e.g., act silly by making animal sounds).

  • Invite participation by asking, “What doeas the dog say?” or aks baby to point to real life objects pictured in his favorite books.

  • Read the same book or story over and over.

  • Hold baby close while reading.

  • Make facial expressions while reading.

  • At the end of this stage, begin simple music “lessons” on keyboard or violin.

  • Sing favorite songs and introduce new songs that incorporate simple actions and movements that correspond (e.g., “The itsy bitsy spider”or “I’m a little teapot”).

  • Promote reading print in the environment (restaurant signs and logos), food and product labels, and street signs.

  • Ask open-ended questions (e.g. “What do you think will happen next?”).

  • Read enthusiastically-take on different voices and experiences (e.g., The Three Little Pigs and the Wolf, Goldilocks and Three Bears, etc.).

  • Follow toddler’s lead. Identify and discuss what toddler talks about. Find and read more books on those subjects.


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