When is a dog not a dog? When it's a Poodle, a Rottweiler, or a Dalmation. Exposing your children to a variety of words makes it easier for them to learn to read. The more words your children are exposed to, the better off they are, because they'll be more likely to recognize an unfamiliar word in print if they've heard it before. When talking to your little one, occasionally throw in a new word or a synonym in place of an everyday word. Hence a dog is sometimes a dog, but it can also be a Poodle. Sometimes you point out your hand, and sometimes you point out your fingers or your wrist. It's fun!
If you're not sure where to start, a board book or picture book will do. For the very young, we like to use word books, like Alligator, Bear Crab: a Baby's ABC or My First Animals: Let's Squeak and Squawk!
Just look at the pictures and describe what you see. Sometimes it's a bird, and sometimes it's an Eagle! Guest post by Charlette J.