What if you had never seen the leaves change color in the fall before?
What if this was the first year you had experienced stepping on a crunchy fall leaf?
For our toddlers, the world is filled with wonder and new experiences. Let's be their guides and surround their new experiences with words that they can learn to store up in their brains to use to have conversations with us in the future.
How can you use fall leaves to help your toddler learn new words? In this video you'll learn how you can look at any object through my blueprint so that you can introduce your toddler to new vocabulary while you do normal, everyday things...like playing in the fall leaves.
If you're looking at this leaf and thinking, "What else is there to say than...its a leaf?!" this blueprint is for you!
I’m Adrienne, I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist, and I help parents, like you, feel more confident and excited to make tiny tweaks to your daily life to transform mundane things into engaging, learning experiences for your toddler. And we made it through the blueprint! Think about how much language you shared with your child. You used a variety of words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions), phrases, sentences, exclamations, and questions.
We just did the blueprint with the leaf, think of all the other things we could come up with if we talked about the tree! Maybe I'll make that into a video in the future.
Why are these language skills important for toddlers? Well, for now, it helps them learn a TON of new vocabulary words. It boosts their curiosity, because you are modeling what it is like to be curious.
Remember: TALK and TEACH, don't test! The goal is for them to have so much fun that they don't even realize they are learning complex skills from you! Think about how you feel, you learn when you are having fun, NOT when someone is peppering you with 100 questions in a row.
I make videos and online classes to teach you techniques that help your toddler talk clearly, listen well, and gain life skills. If you liked this video, I recommend watching the video I made about using the blueprint with tissues.
Next week's video will be all about using the blueprint with toilet paper rolls!
Continue strengthening your own creative muscles and sense of wonder, because your toddler is watching you and learning from you, especially in the ordinary moments of life.
You just learned something new for yourself that will benefit generations to come because...toddlers today become leaders tomorrow.
You are teaching them how to communicate to connect.
Have a creative week, friends!
With joy, Adrienne
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