Time spent traveling provides the perfect opportunity to expand your child’s vocabulary.
Many of us spend a lot of time on the move with our little ones, whether sitting in traffic or commuting to work, day care, audiology appointments, speech therapy sessions or other activities. Some families spend as much as two-to-three hours in the car, or on the bus or train a day! Use the language in these routines you do every day with your child such as preparing your bag to go and loading it into your vehicle.
Here are a few ideas to enrich your travel-time language routine:
Before you go:
In the car/on your outing:
When you get home:
If you see something new or exciting, relate it to other aspects of your child’s life when you get home. For example, if you got behind a school bus dropping kids off, look at your bus book that evening and talk about what you saw earlier that day.
Every second of listening counts, so make sure you are taking advantage of language opportunities while on the move with your child. Travel time presents new vocabulary and language that you don’t use at home. Learn how to think about and use language in your travel routines. See the LSL Day by Day: Travel Talk handout to help you start your trip.
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