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Using Books To Practice New Words

Has your kid begun to imitate words? Do they love books? This idea is for you!

Did you know counting books are not just for practicing numbers? They also provide a unique opportunity to practice the names of objects/animals. If your kid is already starting to imitate words (or just beginning to!), using repetition can be helpful to encourage them to imitate on their own. The beauty of counting books is there are multiple objects on every page!

Here's how I use counting books: instead of counting (1, 2, 3, 4), I say the name of the object every time I point to the object (ball, ball, ball, ball). If your kid is interested, see if they will try themselves or "forget" to say the last object to see if your kid notices and fills it in themselves.

For other book tips, check out some of our other blog posts! We have posts that give tips for specific books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Goodnight Gorilla. We also have a blog post about if your kid is not quite interested in book reading yet.

If you have concerns about your child’s language development, please don’t hesitate to start the early intervention process today. You do not need a doctor's referral to start this process.

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