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How can I improve my child’s literacy skills in everyday moments?

How can I improve my child’s literacy skills in everyday moments?

Reading and writing are two facets of literacy. To make learning to read and write easier, we might want to break literacy down and teach just reading or just writing at any one time. Yet, a particular effective way to develop literacy skills is actually…

What are the foundations of literacy?

What are the foundations of literacy?

At first glance, learning to read can seem to be just about learning to match symbols (letters or characters) to sounds. But there is a lot more to reading than meets the eye! There are three foundational basics:  First, a child needs to learn that…

What is the best way to start a conversation in sign language with a Deaf baby?

What is the best way to start a conversation in sign language with a Deaf baby?

When someone is in another room, behind a closed door, you wouldn’t just start talking to them from where you are. You would, instead, go over to them. You would get into their ‘auditory field’ before starting to talk. An ‘auditory field’ is the area…

Does it take longer to learn sign language?

Does it take longer to learn sign language?

When we think about languages, we often think about spoken languages, and overlook the linguistic diversity and complexity of sign languages. They have words and grammar, as well as complex ‘sign forms’. Sign forms are determined by the shape, location and movement of the hand.…

Does it take longer to learn two languages than one?

Does it take longer to learn two languages than one?

One impression that often surfaces in educational settings, like preschool or elementary school, is that multilingual children can seem to have smaller vocabularies than their monolingual peers. However, this is mainly because language abilities are evaluated in just one language. For monolingual children, one language…

How common is it to grow up bilingual?

How common is it to grow up bilingual?

Some children will be exposed to just one language when they are young, others may be exposed to two, and others even more. How many languages a child is exposed to will depend on her environment. For instance, in a country like Papua New Guinea…

Are some languages more difficult to learn than others?

Are some languages more difficult to learn than others?

There are over 6000 languages across the world, each different from the next. Yet, children can learn any of these languages, along a similar timeline. Each language has its own words for things. A child learning Japanese will have to learn that ‘niwatori’ refers to…

Is it important to talk to a baby before she starts speaking?

Is it important to talk to a baby before she starts speaking?

Social interactions involve two (or more) people. Yet, when one of those people is a preverbal infant, an interaction can feel like a monologue. It can feel like the caregiver is just talking, or signing, to themself. So how can a caregiver foster language learning…

How to foster word learning?

How to foster word learning?

Imagine the moment a baby sees the world for the first time. All the sights and sounds that are just everyday happenings for us. A lot of learning about the world begins with joint attention. Moments when a child and a caregiver (or peer) interact…

Is there a way to integrate some screen time into my child’s day?

Is there a way to integrate some screen time into my child’s day?

In a day, from the moment children wake up to their bedtime, a lot can happen! Children can play outdoors, build a castle, eat lunch together, draw. These interactions with others (peers or adults) and with their physical environment are foundational for language learning. When…