Here are 2 strategies to get your baby ready to learn!
1) Build your child’s word bank
Babies are so cute and cuddly, you just want to kiss them up all day. But remember, every second of everyday, you are building their vocabulary and their word-bank.
A child's success in school can be determine by the amount of words she hears by the age of four. Therefore, it is important to continually talk to your baby—at bath time, bedtime or while you are cooking dinner. Talk to her as if she understands what you are saying. Build her word-bank by continually feeding her words and information about her surroundings.
2) Start a reading routine
Don't forget to add books to the list of things your baby needs. It's never too early or late to start a reading routine with your child. Talking and reading to children are the best ways to expose them to as many words as possible.
When I was about seven months pregnant, I waddled into Target and bought two of my favorite board books. The first one was Joy by Joyce Carol Thomas. Reading this book to my son at the end of a long day actually filled me with joy. The second book was Pretty Brown Face by Andrea and Brian Pinkney. I loved that this book had a mirror at the back. That's how my son actually learned how to find his eyes, nose, and other facial features.
Bedtime is the perfect time to read to your child. Read all sorts of books - story books, books about elephants, tigers, or flowers. Reading my picture books is also a great way to end your child's day on a positive note. So start a reading routine today!