Boost Brainpower From Birth
You are your child’s first teacher, but you don’t need a lesson plan or the latest toys to teach him or her new things – just your words, songs, and love!
From day one, you can teach your little one new language skills just by sharing loving, everyday moments. Below are some simple ways to exercise your baby’s brain and help it grow bigger and stronger!
- Use everyday moments, like grocery shopping or bath time, as a time to talk with your child about the world around him. For example, “Do you see the orange carrot?”
- When talking to your baby, smile often and use a cheerful voice.
- Repeat your child’s sounds and say simple words that start with those sounds. For example, if your child says “bah” say “bottle.”
- When your baby looks at something, point to it and talk about it.
- Make sharing a book a time to bond by snuggling with your baby in your lap.
- Read your child’s favorite books again and again, the connections in his brain will become stronger.
- Point to pictures in the book and identify objects you see in the story, “I see a girl holding a purple ball.”
- Read books with rhythm, rhymes, and sounds.
- Sing to your baby rather than just playing recorded music, he will be soothed by the sound of your voice.
- Sing slowly so your baby can hear and begin to recognize each word.
- Sing songs with simple rhymes and rhythms.
- Not sure where to start? Try these classic songs or make up your own: You Are My Sunshine, Mary Had a Little Lamb, The Wheels on the Bus, and I’m a Little Teapot.