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Cultivating a Passion for Communication and Teaching Reading Skills

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Parent teaching a child to read through engaging activities

My Passion for Communication and Language Development


Communication has always been one of my greatest passions, encompassing language, literature, language development, reading, and writing skills. I am fascinated by how our minds develop these abilities and enjoy learning about the history of language. For instance, the “Great Vowel Shift” explains why some words have multiple spellings or unusual pronunciations. This passion is one of the reasons I became an English teacher and prioritized teaching my son these critical life skills.


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Early Language Learning: The Journey with My Son

My three-year-old son is already learning the sounds of letters and making connections between these sounds and the words that start with them. His first connection was adorable—he realized that “K” stands for my friend, “Miss Kate.” How did I motivate a three-year-old to want to learn these things? It all began the moment we brought him home from the hospital.


Parent teaching a child to read through engaging activities

Building a Desire to Communicate from Infancy


Talk to Your Child from the Beginning

It's never too early to start talking to your baby. Narrating your actions and reading to your infant teaches them a lot through observation. Initially, it might feel awkward, but soon, these interactions lead to significant language development. Babies listen and understand long before speaking, so consistent communication is critical.


Baby Sign Language

Learning primary baby sign language through YouTube videos allowed me to communicate with my son before he could articulate words. This early communication prevented frustration and encouraged him to keep trying to talk. As he started incorporating words with signs around one-year-old, it reduced meltdowns and improved our understanding of his needs.


Pointing Fingers

Even if you don't use much sign language, teaching your baby to point is a great way to communicate early on. I encouraged my son to point to specific things in books or our environment, making every moment a learning experience. Pointing helped him learn words and concepts, like colors, long before he could verbally express them.


Parent teaching a child to read through engaging activities

Weaning Off Pointing

When babies begin making sounds, they love to mimic. Starting with animal noises can be a fun way to practice articulation. For example, asking, “What does the cow say?” helps them understand the concept of saying words. Gradually, I encouraged my son to make different animal sounds, building on his knowledge daily. This playful interaction laid the foundation for speaking actual words.


Story Time: A Daily Ritual

From day one, dedicated story time has been crucial. Kids need to see their parents reading, as it strengthens their interest in the activity. Our story time is at night, and we always let my son choose the books. From “Curious George Pat-a-Cake” with its interactive puppet to dinosaur books and even the first “Harry Potter” novel, his love for reading has grown immensely. This routine helped him build the stamina to handle longer texts as he grew older. You can learn more about the benefits of reading aloud to your kids in Building a Strong Foundation for Kids (tabletoppublishing.com).


Avoiding Bad Habits

It’s tempting to repeat your child’s cute mispronunciations, but it’s essential to model correct pronunciation. I break down words into syllables for my son to repeat, which helps him learn to articulate them correctly. For example, teaching “elephant” by saying “EL... AH... phant...” and then putting it all together. This method keeps learning fun and encourages accurate speech development.


Encouragement: The Key to Learning

Positive reinforcement is crucial. Babies crave attention, and they respond well to positive reactions. Encouraging the behaviors you want to see and staying positive helps build their confidence.








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