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How can I help my child be articulate?

A child who can speak well will have confidence and generally feel better about himself in school and among his peers. Learning to be articulate does not only happen at school. There are several things you can do at home to help your child become more articulate.

Always be a good listener. When a child tells a story and has an attentive audience, they are likely to feel comfortable and confident.
Talk to your child as you would talk to an adult. Don’t use baby talk or try to simplify your conversation on his account. If he does not understand something, he’ll let you know. And that opens the door to learning.

When your child uses a word incorrectly or pronounces a word wrong, it’s alright to correct them but you should do so in a discreet way that does not belittle them. For instance, if your child says, “I runned real fast,” say, “Wow, you ran real fast?” If you correct them in a way that makes them feel inadequate, they will become self-conscious about speaking.

Build your child’s vocabulary by using a variety of words to describe something. Instead of always saying “car”, say “vehicle” or “automobile”.

Allow your child every opportunity you can for them to speak to other adults. When you are out at a restaurant for example, let your child tell the waitress what he wants.

More questions

Sometime around the age of four, your child will begin to take an interest in his name. This is because he is starting to learn letters and can recognise those letters that belong in his name.
Get your child’s attention immediately by whispering to him - this let’s your child think that something fantastic is about to happen!
Most four year old children are just beginning to understand the concept that letters make words, and words tell a story.
At four years of age, most children are just beginning to understand the concept that letters make words, and words tell a story.
You will find that your child is a very willing little helper at this age. Let him help you with anything that you feel he is capable of doing - all these things will help to teach him responsibility.
A typical 4 year old child is usually able to count up to ten or more
At 4 years of age, a child’s learning method is very visual.
By three years old, your child is more aware of colours, and with a little help, he or she should be able to tell them apart, and name them, soon.
A typical 3 year old can hold up the correct number of fingers when they are asked how old they are.
Even though it’s too early for your three year old to learn how to read, you can help kick start the process with a few easy tips.



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