Talk, Read, Sing


In our last issue, we talked about the importance of talking, reading and singing to your child.  Even before a child is able to speak, words play an important role in his or her brain development. Studies show that the greater the number of words a child hears from his/her parents or caregivers before the age of three, it not only helps to build his/her vocabulary but also increases his/her IQ so they do better in school. Just how many words should you chatter to your child? 30,000 is the magic number.



Here are some easy ideas to help you get to that 30,000 word goal:

  • Name body parts, pointing to your head, nose, toes, etc.
  • Talk about the foods and colors
  • In the car, sing and also point out all of the signs you see
  • Go for a walk and describe all the objects you see
  • Read books
  • Tell stories
  • Sing and talk during bathtime
  • Going to sleep, talk about their day

If you are concerned about your child’s language development, First 5 San Diego’s Healthy Development Services (HDS) provides free developmental checkups for children ages zero through five. To get connected, call 1-888-5 FIRST 5 (1-888-534-7785) or click here to find a HDS provider near you.

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