My daughter is 22 months old and in past few months she is combing words together while attempting to make sentences.
I am amazed at how quickly she is learning and how in just a matter of days, we see improvements in pronunciation and adding words to her vocabulary.
Prior to her being able to mix words, I had to act like I understood her completely. I asked many questions with the intention of trying to understand what she was saying and letting her know she had my full attention. I think this serves well in motivating kids to speak.
In our family we have many storytellers including myself. My dad, Don Tito shared great stories about his past experiences and my uncle Irving was the same way when it came to educating me on world history. Our daughter definitely feels the same way when it comes to sharing her experiences.
Taking advantage of her Storytelling Skill
My daughter stands next to me and shares what she did on her morning walk on the beach with mom. She will take a mix of nouns and verbs and unite them to a point where I get to understand 95% of what she is telling me. (The other 5% I ask mom).
I get excited and amazed every time she shares something with me. I guess as a parent watching your child grow is an experience that is very satisfying.
As my daughter continues to share her experiences, it gives me the opportunity to make corrections on pronunciation and help her with the correct words to form a sentence. Little by little, she is capturing these corrections and she is definitely implementing them in her way of speaking.
How do you motivate your children to tell stories?
I see a similarities between my daughter’s storytelling and what I am doing here via my blog as I share this experience with you.
Maybe one day she can be a solid blogger or whatever they call it when her time comes along.