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Tips to help prepare your child for school and life.

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We Text You Ideas for Using The Basics in Everyday Moments

Mon, Jun 10, 4:00 PM
FACT: Your baby is experimenting with making sounds and learning that they get your attention. By responding, you encourage them to keep practicing! You are building their language and communication skills.
Wed, Jun 12, 4:02 PM
TRY THIS: When your baby makes a sound, show excitement in your face and voice. Let them finish so they know you are listening. Then respond with real words. See how long you can keep the “conversation” going back and forth by responding to their sounds and expressions.
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