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How Your Child Can Learn Basic Concepts

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Helping Your Child Learn Basic Concepts
Help your child learn basic concepts by using descriptive words. Talk with your child about everything the two of  you see and hear in your environment. Bring your child’s attention to textures (e.g., the way things feel—smooth, bumpy, soft).
Expand the words you use when you describe things. For example, instead of using the word “big” just because you know your child understands it, use the word “huge” to expose your child to new words.
When talking about where things are, try not to show the child by pointing or gesturing. Use more descriptive words such as “below,” “behind,” “on top of,” “in front of,” and “above.”
Use and encourage “Wh” questions and answers. “Wh” questions often encourage the use of basic concepts in your child’s response. For example, “where” encourages a response that uses uses words like behind or under, and directions like across or through. Maybe in or out or on top of the toy box. “When” encourages a response that uses time concepts like before or later.
Basic concepts are the building blocks your child needs to have success in school and in everyday life. They are common, but very important, words that you can teach your child through conversation, reading, and singing. Use these words often and every day.

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