Conversations without words. We try to teach our school age children and teenagers to not “talk back.” But, that is exactly what we do want to teach our babies. If you make funny noises or coo at them, they will likely do the same thing back at you. If you go back and forth with noises, coos, and giggles, even without any words, babies are making connections with you and are learning about conversation.
Words are everywhere. Even before your children can read, you can read words to them out loud. They might be words in a book or magazine, words on signs, words on envelopes, etc. This is how children learn the names of things and see that written words mean something.
Make silly mistakes on purpose. Once in awhile, try making mistakes on purpose. Say that an apple is an orange or that your car is a bicycle. In order to correct you, they have to:
pay close attention to what you are saying
trust that they are right about what they already know
not be afraid to think for themselves.
Stick to things in order to reach a goal. Play statues with your children to teach them:
not to be distracted
to stay on course to reach a goal.