Alright, so let’s get to it! Secret #1 is…… Repetition!
One of the most basic learning techniques! In the infancy months, repeat syllables for your child, such as “mamama” and “bababa” as they begin to use new sounds. Soon, those syllables will expand into words and then phrases. Younger children (particularly 4 to 18 months) benefit from repetition the most.
It’s not unusual for a parent to name a person/object a few times within a conversation to reinforce the word. For example, “Look at that truck, the truck is so big and has those big round wheels! Wave hi to the truck! Hello truck!”
It sounds so so simple, but it’s exactly true. It’s why reading the SAME book over, and over (and over?), and over again can be really valuable for word learning. Verbal routines could also be very useful. For example, say (or sing!) the same thing every time you’re washing your kiddo’s hands… something like, [in tune to Row-Row-Row You Boat] “Wash, wash, wash your hands, a little rubbing will do.”
You can use verbal routines at any time of day, bath time, meal time, getting dressed, etc.
Is this something that anyone does already? Can you share an example?