Step Four: Expand

Expand: Language

This last step represents the long process of expanding vocabulary and forming more and more complete and complex phrases. I hope that you will learn along with your little one and that you can enjoy and grow together. Here are some recommendations:

  • Expand vocabulary thematically according to your child’s interests.
  • Focus on language relating to everyday life; it is useful and there are many opportunities to reinforce.
  • Help your baby extend her phrases by adding to what she says. For example, if your baby says “car“, you can respond, “Yes, it’s a car. It’s a red car.Emphasize the new parts.
  • Ask your child yes-or-no questions: Are you hungry? Is it a monkey?
  • Ask your child questions with two options: Is it an apple or a banana? Is it hot or cold?
  • Hacerle preguntas con dos opciones:

Expand: Experiences

Besides expanding the language itself (vocabulary, syntax, etc.) it’s important that you also provide new and varied opportunities for your child to listen to and practice the target language. Here are a few ideas, and I would love to hear yours:

  • Make friends with other children who speak or are learning the target language
  • Travel to a country or visit an area of your country where the language is spoken
  • Form a play group in the target language
  • Go to see a play (theatre) or story-teller in the target language
  • Do activities related with typical celebrations from the culture of your target language (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc.)

Now that you know the CARE method, it is time to put it in action. If you need inspiration, visit our Blog. For help with thematic vocabulary in English and Spanish, visit Parent English. Good luck and have fun!