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Teach your Baby: Family

Note to parents: Learn English with your baby. All underlined words are explained in EnglishChecker. To listen to audio, click the green arrow twice.

Read and Listen: New Words

mom, dad, big brother, sister, baby

  1. mother (mom, mommy)
  2. father (dad, daddy)
  3. brother
  4. sister
  5. baby
Language Tip:
Some mothers like to be called Mom or Mommy, and others like Mama. Choose the English title that you like best. Some fathers like to be called Dad or Daddy, and others like, Papa. Teach your baby five family members that she will need first. If there is no sister or brother, teach "Grandma" or "Grandpa" instead.

On my lap

  1. Put the baby on your lap.
  2. Listen to the new words.
  3. Repeat using your voice.
  4. Point to the picture as you say the words.
  5. Ask your baby to say your name:
    (Point to yourself) Say: "Who's this?"
  6. Tell your baby the answer: "Mommy" or "Daddy"
  7. Show excitement when he points at you.
  8. Ask where the baby is.
    Say: "Where's the baby?"
    Point to your baby and say "Baby!"

Song, Rhyme or Story time

Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?: Traditional Rhyme

Mommy or Daddy: Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
Daddy: Mama stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
Mommy: Who me?
Daddy: Yes you.
Mama: Couldn't be.
Daddy: Then who?

Mommy: Daddy stole the cookie from the cookie jar.
Daddy: Who me?
Mommy: Yes you.
Daddy: Couldn't be.
Mommy: Then who?

Mommy or Daddy: Joey stole the cookie from the cookie jar.
(Point to the baby and say the words for him)
Who me?
Yes you.
Couldn't be.
Then who?

Continue using other family members. Encourage your baby to clap to the beat.

Five Baby Ducks

5 ducks

If you have rubber ducks it is fun to act this song out as your baby takes a bath. Drop one baby duck over the edge of the bath with each verse.

Five baby ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack Quack Quack Quack"
But only four baby ducks came back

Four baby ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack Quack Quack Quack"
But only three baby ducks came back

Three baby ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack Quack Quack Quack"
But only two baby ducks came back

Two baby ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack Quack Quack Quack"
But only one baby duck came back

One baby duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack Quack Quack Quack"
But only one baby duck came back

Sad Mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack Quack Quack Quack"
And all of her five baby ducks came back

Language Tip: Alternate between "Mother duck" and "Father duck" (or even Grandma and Grandpa duck) whenever you sing this song to your baby. This will help her learn more words.

Playtime

Baby Album: Create a family photo album for your baby.

  1. Choose five family members. If your baby doesn't have siblings, teach him "Grandma" and "Grandpa" or "Auntie" and "Uncle".
  2. Place the five pictures into a small photo album.
  3. Look at the album with your baby
  4. Say: "Where's your sister?" or "Where's Grandma?"
  5. Help your baby find the right picture.

Playing with Magazines: Babies love the sound and feel of magazines and catalogues.

  1. Choose a magazine that you don't need or want to keep.
  2. Sit your baby on your lap.
  3. Look for pictures of families.
  4. Say, "He is a daddy." or "There is a baby."
  5. Say: "Let's find a sister." "She looks like a sister."

Family Tree: The outside of the fridge is a great space for teaching tools.

  1. Draw a simple outline of a tree on a blank piece of paper. (Or ask baby's older sibling to draw it.)
  2. Cut out faces of family members from photographs and glue them onto the tree.
  3. When your baby is drinking from her cup or eating her snack, point out the people in the family tree.
  4. Say: "Let's look at the family tree. Where's Mommy? Where's your sister? Where's Grandma?"

English Checker for Parents

stole: take something that you are not supposed to take
encourage: help or convince someone to do or try something
beat: the rhythm or sound pattern in a poem or song
verse: one section of a poem or song
siblings: brothers or sisters
Grandma: mother or father's mother
Grandpa: mother or father's father
Uncle: mother or father's brother
Aunt: mother or father's sister
catalogue: book that advertises products in a store, such as clothing or furniture

More fun for Baby:

The following books are available new or used online. Type the titles and/or authors into a search engine to buy family books for your baby.

Baby's Box of Family Fun by Karen Katz
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
The Family Book by Todd Parr
Do you Have any Brothers and Sisters? by Richard Graham (online)

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