Look at a book of wild animals with the child.
As the adult and child examine the pictures, the adult comments and ask questions: “Let’s see if we can find three birds.” “I see a yellow one on the branch.” “Where do you see a colored bird?” “What do you think this animal is?” “They look like they are going somewhere.” “What will they do there?”
The child may misidentify something by recognizing characteristics associated with a different item and thinking they are the same (it has horns, it is a deer).
Early childhood educators and parents typically point out colors and use simple counting with toddlers. Encourage practice with these when dressing or involved in daily routines. Parents can give children choices while at the same time modeling meaning. For example, hold up two shirts and say, “Time to get dressed. Do you want the red shirt or the blue shirt?” “Let’s put on your shoes. Put your foot in the shoe. One shoe. Two shoes.” This example demonstrates modeling number, relational prepositions, action, and event vocabulary.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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