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Read and Listen: New Words
On my lap
Put the baby on your lap.
Listen to the new words.
Point at the picture on the screen.
Repeat using your own voice.
Ask your baby to point to a toy as you say a word.
Ask your baby a question: Where's the ball? Where's the teddy?
Tell the baby the answer: There's the block. There's the car.
Show excitement when he points. Clap your hands and say: That's right! That's the ball. Good job!
Song, Rhyme or Story time
Here are some rhymes with actions:
Round and Round
Round and round the garden (draw a circle on baby's stomach or palm) Like a Teddy Bear One step (take steps with your fingers up her belly or arm) Two steps Tickle you under there (tickle baby under her chin or armpit)
Note: You can use a teddy bear to do the actions or you can do the actions.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn around (spin in a circle) Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Touch the ground (touch the ground)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Show your shoe (point foot towards baby) Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear That will do (clap)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Blow out the light (blow out a pretend candle) Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Say Good Night (put head down or close eyes)
The Bouncy Bouncy Ball
(Sing to traditional "Wheels on the Bus" tune.)
The bouncy bouncy ball went bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce The bouncy bouncy ball went bounce bounce bounce all through the house
And the baby named Joey said ball ball ball ball ball ball ball ball ball The baby named Joey said ball ball ball all through the hall.
Roll the ball
You may need two adults to play ball with your baby at first. Older babies can play with one adult.
Sit on the floor with your baby.
Ask someone to roll the ball to him or her. Say "Ball for baby".
Help your baby roll the ball back. Say "Ball for Daddy/Sister...".
Repeat until the baby is finished playing.
When the baby is old enough to play ball on her own, add the word "catch".
Roll the ball to the baby.
After you roll it say, "catch".
Once your baby has the ball encourage her to roll it back to you. Say: "Roll to mommy." Don't be surprised if she throws it instead.
Make English Car sounds as your baby rides. Vroom Vroom (go forward) Beep Beep (honk horn) Crash (when baby bumps into a wall or piece of furniture)
Playing with blocks
When your baby is sleeping or with another caregiver choose five blocks.
Make a tower somewhere in your home.
Ask the baby to help you find the tower. Say: "Where are the blocks?"
If your baby doesn't crawl or walk yet, carry your baby into a few rooms before you point to the tower.
When she sees them say "Blocks!"
Sit your baby down and let her push the blocks down.
For older babies: Crawl around with baby. Let your baby find the blocks. Encourage her to knock them down. Say, "Oh no" or "Uh oh" when the blocks fall down.
Pronunciation Tip: Say "blocks" slowly, emphasizing the "l" sound.
Playing with rings Babies love brightly coloured plastic rings. Rings are easy for babies to hold. Teething babies like to chew them. Rings can be used for counting and learning colours.
Pronunciation Tip: The "r" sound is more difficult than other English sounds. Don't worry if you or your baby can't say it for a while. Many times, "r" comes out as a "w" sound. Native English children have difficulty with this sound too. It can take years of practice before they say it properly.
English Checker for Parents
lap:on top of your legs when you are sitting down point:use your finger to show which one screen:the display (where you see images and text) part of a computer or TV repeat:say or do again voice:sound from your mouth excitement:being very happy; having fun actions: body movements palm:soft part of the hand step:walking movement tickle:soft touch that makes a baby laugh chin:lowest part of the face armpit:body part located under the arm bounce:go up and down hall:long, narrow area in a house or building that connects rooms traditional:old and well-known emphasizing:saying more loudly and slowly teething:getting new teeth
More fun for Baby
The following English books are available new or used online. Type the titles and/or authors into a search engine to buy books about toys for your baby.
Books Balls Sesame Street Elmo's World Bear and Ball by C. Wright Toys (Fisher Price Baby Steps) by Robert Roper