Use the word (or forms of the word) in sentences, such as:
- Look how you participated in the fingerplay!
- You like to participate when we play peek-a-boo!
- Will you participate in swimming today?
- We are participating in the school picnic.
- Mama participates with me to make music.
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Q: I heard that you have kid poems and songs for many topics. Do you have one for my toddler who gets frustrated all the time? He had a giant meltdown this morning. He wanted a purple shirt instead of the blue one I’d grabbed in a hurry. Help!
A: Language is a powerful tool with toddlers. All you need are your child, you, and a few learned (or made-up) words. You’ll break out those words in either a sing-song or song-song version whenever your little one’s mood goes awry. Here a one-size-fits-many sample for that purple shirt/blue shirt kind-o’-morning you describe:
A Purple Shirt?
A purple shirt?
A purple shirt?
Got a nose picker? Here’s how to handle it at home or in your classroom.
While ushering your child to the bathroom, say:
“Oh, I see you need some privacy to do that. You can use toilet paper for your nose in private. When you’re all done, just come on out.”
You’re helping your child learn that people do this behavior in private.
Your child learns an independent self-help skill.
Your child is also learning how to use the words private and privacy.
Q: What can I do when I know I am about to get worked up and act out impatience with my child?
A: Great question! Thanks for being proactive!
I’ve a couple of suggestions for you, strategies I often suggest for use by parents and teachers to help children with acting-out behaviors that can result from feelings of impatience.
What might happen if you were to put on those Stop-and-Think Glasses?
And what if you were to read or reread The Bridge Is Up!, my picture book on patience?
Wanna try those two strategies and then let me know how things are going? Best wishes for one promising outcome . . . or more!
This week’s WOW! Word: enormous
Use the word in sentences, such as:
- That puddle is enormous!
- Daddy saw an enormous turtle today.
- Look at that enormous spider web!
- We have an enormous amount of laundry to do.
- Let’s go watch the enormous plane land on the ground.
If you want to introduce WOW! Words to your older child, check out Babs’ WOW! Words for ages 4–7.
It’s time to play the Sentence Sense Game™.
You can play this game wherever you are. You need no tools. Just your child and you! Yes!
With practice in playing this game, your child will be learning to make sentence sense while also learning to use the main words in sentences––nouns and verbs. And you two will be having fun, meaningful conversation as you play the game. Plus, it’s a great distractor and time-filler…for both of you! WOW!
A WOW! Word™ is any word that, when used by a child in conversation, causes the listener to sit up and take notice. That’s positive attention, mind you. Positive attention that generally includes the verbal response, “Wow!”
It’s true. WOW! Words invite children––regardless of natural or learned language abilities––to be confident and powerful talkers, talkers who hold their listeners’ attention.
To introduce a new WOW! Word, merely begin using the word and any of its forms––available, availability––often and every day. Look for opportunities to use the WOW! Word in daily conversations for a week or more. Then continue using the word as you add to your ever-growing collection of WOW! Words.
It’s noteworthy when your infant shows she understands words like bye-bye, mommy, or daddy. So too, you’ll notice her understanding of each new WOW! Word. And when she begins to lead those conversations, she’ll just naturally use every kind of word you’ve been modeling for her.
Q: My toddler was just two and suddenly started biting during play dates. What can I do?
A: Thank you for asking a question that’s in sync with my ongoing guest blog series. I share this poetic response with you. I trust these poetic words, along with the first four segments of my series on biting and the dozens of parent comments (See Part one , part two, and Part three here) will be of help to you.
On Hurtful Biting
(and Other Such Behaviors)
Copyright © 2015 Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz
It’s helpful to find some simple rhythmic words that not only capture a frustrated toddler’s attention, but also provide useful language and knowledge toddlers want to learn. Repeat any of the following ditties over time until the toddler can say the words. Notice how, with the change of one or two words, most of these ditties can apply to any of a number of hurtful behaviors exhibited by a frustrated toddler or preschooler.