The Birth of a Book Habit
- Smile often at your baby, especially when he is cooing, gurgling, or otherwise vocalizing with baby talk. Imitate your baby's laughter and facial expressions. Support and strengthen communication skills by smiling and mirroring facial expressions.
- Look at your baby as he or she babbles and laughs, rather than looking away, interrupting, or talking with someone else.
- Engage your baby in listening skills by talking often to him/her throughout the day, describing your activities together. Talk as you're feeding, dressing, carrying, and bathing your baby, so he or she begins to associate these sounds of language with everyday objects and activities.
- Skills Learned: Speaking, vocabulary, listening and comprehension skill, building relationships with adults and other children, babbling, repetition, rhyming, intonation.