What''s Happening This Month
A new year means new opportunities! Whether it's high hopes, big goals, or new plans, it's a great time to reset and map out your goals. Use this time to think about the LSL habits you and your child practice each and every day. Adding in new LSL techniques or even freshening up old strategies that have worked in the past is the perfect way to help your child build their listening and spoken language skills this year. Ready to recommit to LSL habits? We've got 10 quick and easy ideas to get you started.
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To celebrate the start of 2021, let's get back to the basics with LSL 101! The Fundamentals of LSL learning series offers 12 online courses that will teach you everything you need to know about LSL early intervention, starting with Language Development and Assessment in LSL Intervention.
Registration for our first course of the year closes tomorrow, Tuesday, January 5, so sign up today!
Looking for a fun DIY project with your kids? Experience books are a great way to get creative, practice storytelling skills, and bond with your little one! These homemade books are put together by a parent and child to capture what is important to your child. Experience books feature your child as the main character and help them practice conversational skills, memory building, and storytelling. These books can help your child to move beyond talking about the here and now to talking about past events.
Tip: Make a book all about how your family celebrated the holidays this year. Your child will be excited to relive the magic of the season.
What Will Your Book Look Like?
- Experience books can be as simple as paper folded into a book, photographs collected and attached with ring binder clips or placed in a photo album, or objects placed in a baggie and taped to a page.
- Books can be drawn by pencil or crayon, or favorite objects can be glued or stapled on the pages.
- Don't forget about all the cute photos you have on your phone! You can either print them out or try using an app to make the book digitally.
Reading aloud to your child is one of the best ways you can help their listening and language develop. Set a goal to read together every day. Make a calendar for the month and keep it handy. Each day add the book you read together and at the end of the month you can look back to see your reading progress! Reading creates meaningful connections in your child's brain that will help them become a lifelong learner. For more ideas and strategies to help keep reading exciting this year, check out our online learning page for families.
Mark Your Calendar
National Winnie the Pooh Day (January 18) ??
Did you know that Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood are great at teaching Theory of Mind? They'll help your child understand kindness and empathy so they can build emotional connections with friends and family.
National Hot Chocolate Day (January 31) ?
Take advantage of the day to make hot cocoa and get cozy on the couch for some reading! Reading aloud helps your child get closer to hearing 40 million words by age 4. You can also give them a play-by-play as you make the hot cocoa. Use different words to describe it and you'll expand their vocabulary! "This hot chocolate is yummy! I'm adding marshmallows-they're delicious! Hot cocoa is tasty."