Tag Archive | vocabulary

Practice What You Preach

Although it can be super-cute when our babies mispronounce words, it is really beneficial to help them improve.  It’s not necessary to correct everything, all the time, but choose a few words or sounds per week to improve upon.  Choose words that your baby is confident with and uses frequently.  This is beneficial because it helps them to get what they need, to explain their thoughts and feelings and to develop their phonemic awareness (an essential skill for reading and writing).   Also, as more people begin to understand them, their confidence with language and oral self-expression increases and thus, their overall self-confidence increases.  Today’s activity is a very simple and quick exercise to practice pronunciation.

Our little twinkle toes practising her "cheese!"

Our little twinkle toes practising her “ch-ch-cheese!”

Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Reaching Roses curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)

 This week’s Theme: More Colours

Activity DescriptionWhat Colour?: Place different coloured balls into an opaque bag.  Reach a hand into the bag to pull out a ball.  What colour is it?  What other things are also this colour? Repeat what your baby says with correct pronunciation then practice the pronunciation of colours by singing about that colour. (Song from this week’s list of songs).

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Language Development

Specific Skill: Practice pronunciation

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 24 months!!


1.I decided to sing some songs about colours at the beginning of the activity because this is part of our learning routine.

2. We used cloths because we don’t have balls in all four colours (orange, purple, pink, brown).  I quickly explained what to do (put your arm in and pull out a cloth) and say what colour it is.  Simple!

Here are a few quick clips to demonstrate

This first clip shows the basic interaction of the exercise:


This next clip has more of an example of how to practice pronunciation (they didn’t have much difficulty saying brown in the video above):


The following video is an example of how to proceed if your baby can’t guess the colour.  Also, I chose “purple grapes” as an example of purple because they have difficulty saying ‘grapes’ and it is a word they use frequently (that only myself & Mr. Y can decipher):


***You can use this activity to learn any vocabulary (put in figurines or pictures) and/or any sound (put in objects that all contain the same sound.  Ex. pig, pot, princess, peas, etc.)

Want more language development activities?  Click here for 18-24 months OR click here for 15-18 months


This post was based on an activity included in the Reaching Roses curriculum.  Click here to learn more!

A Show of Hands……(and feet)

Hi everybody!  Here’s another post I’ve been looking forward to doing; a Sing-along!  Every activity plan in Clever Clovers and Reaching Roses (coming soon) has a sing-along included (with song ideas and lyrics provided at the end of each activity plan).  Singing with your baby is so beneficial for so many reasons but this post is focused on the language development component (mainly vocabulary).

Mondays and Wednesdays I choose one activity we did today from the Clever Clovers curriculum and share our experiences (starring my twin babies)

 This week’s Theme: Hands & Feet

Activity Description: Sing Along: Sing songs about hands and feet. (See song list following the lesson plan for ideas).

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Language

Specific Skill: Connecting language to objects and motions

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 17 months + 2 Weeks

1. As many of you know, I often use a sing-along as part of our learning routine.  That is, I use it as a warm-up activity to whatever main activity we are going to do.  I find this works because they get to know the songs better (with a lot of repetition) and it prepares them for what will follow.

Pictures from today’s sing-along.  (I love how expressive they are becoming)

If you're happy and you know it, shout hooray!

If you’re happy and you know it, shout hooray!

M "sings"

M “sings”










O & random, silly singing sounds

O & random, silly singing sounds

You're funny, you're funny too!

Looking at each other while singing








O: "You're funny M!"

O: “You’re funny M!”

M: "You're funny too, O!)

M: “You’re funny too, O!








Silly falling-down during the hokey-pokey!

Silly falling during the hokey-pokey!

I couldn't NOT include the spontaneous kissing shot!

I couldn’t NOT include the spontaneous kissing!















How to teach songs to babies: (excuse my voice…I almost didn’t post these for fear of annoying you)



  • When singing, don’t be afraid to “pause” the song to give encouraging instructions.  For example, if your baby is not responding or doing the actions, you can pause after each line and say “do it like this!” or if your baby is just starting to participate you can pause and say “well done, good clapping!”(ex), then continue singing the next line.   This strategy is evident in a couple of the videos above.  Below is a slight example of this (in this case, they were being very silly so I had to pause and remind them of what they should be doing)


  • Personally, when I introduce a new song, I don’t use a recording of it.  I find it too fast and often distracting (in the case of language acquisition).  Once my babies/students become more familiar with a song, then I add music and/or a recording.


Extended Learning:

As a final activity, to sum up AND to calm them down, I sat them down to review the parts of the body they have learned.  We have already completed the My Face! activity plan, so this was a great opportunity to bring that prior learning of language/knowledge/comprehension forward. (See: Bringing Language Forward, pg.4 of the Clever Clovers Curriculum Guide)