Infant Language Development

    Today I am blogging about a really awesome book that we found at the library! I take Saylor to the library pretty frequently so we can have a large variety of books to learn with. Germs right?! I always wipe the books down before giving them to Saylor, ha! If you have ever observed a baby with a book you will know my reasoning for that. Luckily Saylor has enjoyed looking at books since his very early days. I have been placing books around his blanket since he arrived from the hospital. As soon as those little eyes could see I noticed him observing the pictures ,letters, and words. Does he know what letters, words, and colors are yet?  Of course not! However, just observing them helps him form connections about shapes and appearances so that later in life when he is learning what they are it will all be more familiar.
     Some people see me talking about baby literature and roll their eyes. Babies are just vegetables that we have to keep our eye on for a couple years until they can actually do big people things right? Wrong! Infants benefit from their daily interactions every day. What daily interaction consists of depends on us as adults. If we are going to sit our kids on the couch to watch the latest on Donald Trumps tweets they probably aren’t going to learn much. I say that not because Donald Trumps literary vocabulary is equivalent to a fourth grade bully, but because it’s just not on their level of understanding to listen to “adult” twitter beef. However, it is beneficial for them to hear us communicating back and forth with each other as adults.
      Infants are born to communicate: crying, cooing, and gestures are all a form of communication in the infant world. Infants learn to use communication to connect with the world, to develop social relationships, and
to get things they want or need. 
Some of these developments occur naturally. Focused teaching, intentional interactions, and a highly responsive environment will all encourage and positively support an infant’s communication skills, and are required for optimal success. This is why I make a point to engage with my son daily. I am a stay at home mom so I am able to engage with art, literacy, math, motor development, social skills, etc., each day. At this age literary skills are pretty high on the list. When our kids learn our language it’s like a key that will open the door to all other learning areas. It will also allow us as parents to communicate more effectively while giving them the tools they need to evolve.
    We have to get down on an infant level of understanding to help them better grasp what they learn each day. I read to my 6 month old son every single night. Does he always want to sit down and look at a story? No. Absolutely not. However, I am beginning to show him the habit of bedtime stories. When he is able to better comprehend the stories we can skip the “I don’t want to read a story” crap because he will just know it as habit and not even an option unless he is miserably ill etc. Will he possibly still throw fits on a bad day about our bedtime routine? Most Likely! I believe that starting this routine early will minimize the bedtime story tantrums in our future days. Children feel safer in environments with a little structure and routine. I’m totally a fan of free play as well. There is a happy medium out there of us telling our kids what to do and letting them figure it out on their own. As a parent I think it’s important to find that happy medium.
    It makes it easier for us parents to read when we kinda like the books right? I mean I am not going to sit up and read these books by myself after Saylor is asleep or anything (sometimes I do, only to make sure they are good books) but I think it helps to have a fun book with beautiful pictures. I think the beautiful pictures part helps kiddos stay focused as well. After all, how else would I remember all of my childhood stories? I wanted to share this board book that I have never heard of until stumbling on it at the library. Is this not darling?! I think it’s darling. I also think it’s very simple for letter learning. Of course my six month old son is not learning letters yet. I know this. However, he is going to observe them when we read this tonight! 🙂
PS: We are in the process of moving a state away so please forgive me for not documenting our infant art lately. I know it’s probably more pleasing to your eyes. It’s still happening I just don’t have time to document and blog it all while packing and being a mom.

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