Use your words

Oh dear, it’s a grey old day in Melbourne. Not much point going out and shivering with my coldy kids, so we’re staying put at the moment. Once Play School and Sesame Street are finished for the day, this means plenty of time for reading.

We discovered Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words, by Lucy Cousins at the library last week, and it’s had a daily run ever since. Oscar is absolutely loving it, and I’m very happy that he’s taken a shine to it.

Oscar talks a lot. He chatters away pretty much all day, to me, to his Dad, to his brother, to his toys. Problem is, up until quite recently, he was very difficult to understand. His chattering made very little sense to any one other than himself, and sometimes me.

For a long while this didn’t seem to bother him at all, but of late he has started to get a bit frustrated by not being easily understood, so I thought now would be a good time to work with him to help get his speech up to that next level. I wasn’t quite sure how to do this, as neither he nor I are flash-cardy kind of people, and general daily chatter didn’t seem to be doing the job quickly enough.

Cousin’s Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words was just perfect for the job! It’s a great way to practice a great range of words, some of which he knew, and others brand new to him. It’s bright and colourful, and he of course loves the pop-ups and surprises on each page. It includes inside words and outside words, farms and beaches, bath time and bed time. It’d be great for the really little ones too, it could easily be picked up and put down again after a page or two.

Photo: Little Red Riding Nook

Because Oscar love Maisy, this practice doesn’t feel at all like a chore and he’s happily working his way up from picture recognition, to recognising some of the written words. It’s quite fun too to make up stories based on the pictures on each page, I reckon lots of games could be played this way.

I’m not quite sure how I’m going to get Oscar to relinquish this one back to the library. I guess I’ll just have to find something just as fun to distract him with!

Do you have any tips for helping kids with their pronunciation? Any good books that have helped?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jackie
    Jul 05, 2011 @ 10:52:53

    Oh yes, Maisy books are popular with the kids aren’t they?
    I absolutely love your idea of using the pictures to create your own story.
    As for other suggestions, I find rhymes and songs wonderful (we sing them all day long in our house) for pronunciation. Similarly books with rhymes are great – and fun too!
    My daughter struggles with /sp/ sounds at the moment. She’s only 2 so at the moment it’s quite cute to hear spoon as foon etc.


    • That Book You Like
      Jul 05, 2011 @ 11:03:38

      Osc loves to sing too, but he’s still fairly ‘creative’ when it comes to the words. Fun though! Similarly, he has lots of trouble with the f sound…it ends up as a b most of the time…so we have a lot of big bishes swimming round, and lots of games of bootball!


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