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my little guys know a lot of words that have to do with animals, animal noises, body parts, and food. what other words are fun to teach? i feel like colors and numbers are too abstract. my husband taught them to find the moon in the sky which is pretty cute.
 

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My dd lately loves to say "Off, On, Up, Down" and any other descriptive word she can think of. She also likes "Stuck" and sometimes goes out of her way to get things stuck so she can say it.
 

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How about action words - stomp, grab, fall, pounce, twirl, hang, etc? Those can be fun to act out. My dd went through a phase where falling on purpose was one of her favorite things to do, and right now she likes pouncing a lot.
 

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good ideas! today we learned "jump!". it got a little tiring but it was funny to watch them jumping up and down. we also played with blocks and did "together" "apart".
 

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rowan loves to say his colors and numbers...he's been doing it since about 16 or 17 months, so i don't think it's necessarily too early...it's helping him to form sentences...he'll say "Red car" or sometimes even "2 red cars"...we have blocks and puzzles and sorters that are fun when he knows the colors...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't think it's ever too early to talk about shapes, numbers and letters. Dd knows the letters B, F and sometimes S. She can also differentiate between most shapes - she's really into ovals (she says "volvo"!). And she knows a few colors.<br><br>
We talk to dd constantly, and we also try to use the same words we would use. When we were travelling for Thanksgiving and we were stuck in traffic, I told her what "traffic" was: "See all the cars and trucks? There are LOTS of cars and trucks and now everyone has to go very slow so we don't bump..."<br><br>
She is also fascninated by the concept of family. When she sees children with their parents she says "People! Mama, Dada, Baby!!"<br><br>
We are also really big on using words for emotions or other sensations. Hot, cold, happy, sad, tired, hungry, thirsty, dizzy, angry, etc...
 

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My dd is 14 months, so maybe your babe is beyond these words already, but we like<br>
where?<br>
what?<br>
whats that?<br>
and emotions words like<br>
'oh joy'<br>
grrr angry'<br>
yeeeaaaah happy'<br>
we are working on boohoo sad<br>
OH! Katie likes to ask for 'nice hugs" too<br>
She uses a lot of sign language for the words that are to hard for her to verbalize at this point, but these words really opened uplots of doors for us<br>
Kelly S
 

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Would you believe "golf" was DS's first word? (Daddy likes the golf channel <sigh>.) And now all balls -- and christmas tree ornaments -- are "golf ball".<br><br>
He's learned a lot of words and signs from the Signing Time DVDs -- moon, star, apple, bird, banana, bread, play, potty, and a bunch of others that I can't remember right now.<br><br>
This week he's fond of "uh oh" and "apple." And of course "da da" and "um-ma" (for "mama").<br><br>
I figure we just keep exposing them to words and wait for the language explosion. A friend's 19 month old daughter is singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and starting to form full sentences -- that's pretty neat to hear. (At 16 months, she pointed to my car window shade and said "Winnie the Pooh" -- totally amazed me!)
 

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we also recommend Signing Time DVDs--great for developing vocab, including polite speech like thank you, please, and sorry.<br><br>
some other words our 19-month-old has recently begun to say: heavy, bathtub, towel (after baths), "that way" "not that way" (directional when I'm carrying him), tree, clock, bag, football...
 

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Children acquire language through being immersed in it. Talking to your little ones about everything is the best way to teach them words. You don't need to focus on "teaching" them. Everything you do is teaching them. Just talk and read books and let them pick out the words they are interested in learning. When they ask you, repeat what you've said. They will decide for themselves what they want to learn. It is a very natural process. Just go with the flow.<br><br>
Kathy, mom to Paulina, 20 mos, former teacher with M.Ed. in reading
 
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