Speech APPs – Surely your child, at times, listens to or has listened to the news, and has heard how news anchors and other media guests speak. Your child has heard, for the most part, correct pronunciation, not slurred speech, and a wide range vocabulary. Well, if your child has not mastered their native language, there is help. People who speak correctly, in pronunciation, in diction, in tone, and in enunciation go further in life.
People who pronounce their words correctly appear competent via their vocabulary. Speaking of vocabulary, the suggestion is if you, or your child, don’t know how to pronounce a word, don’t use it. Encourage your child, on a monthly basis, to choose a word in the dictionary, learn how to pronounce it, and practice the pronunciation by using the word in a sentence. Enough! Here are some APPs that will help you raise an articulate child:
- I Dare You Articulation APP
- Articulation Carnival
- Phonics Genius
- Syllables Splash
- Articulation Station Pro
- Describe It
- Phonics Studio
- Speech with Milo APPs
- Splingo’s Language Universe
- Tense Builder
- Public Speaking – Have your child take a public speaking class. The first thing a speech class does is to help conquer the fear of speaking in front of a crowd. Public speaking also builds confidence; it teaches how to argue or debate; it teaches how to be persuasive, and it teaches one how to use their voice, i.e., voice inflections or smooth pitch changes in words (rising or falling pitches). There are companies like Ginger Public Speaking that do adult classes if you’re not a particularly confident public speaker yourself. You don’t want to pass this fear down to your child as it could hold them back personally and professionally. Need training? Visit the website.
- Reading out loud – Monkey see, Monkey do. A child who sees their parents reading out loud wants to do the same. When a child is young he or she can’t, or hardly can, read yet, so verbal conversations are very important – the more words a child hears the larger their vocabulary becomes. There is an advantage for your child when you take a book and read from it. Books have complete sentences as does magazines and newspapers, and the words are more complex. A child who hears more complex words has a big advantage over a child who hasn’t heard those words. Reading out loud to a child helps him or her to actively listen. Just like there is a reading level, i.e., fourth or fifth grade reading level, there are listening levels as well. So read out loud to your child and watch and listen to their vocabulary take off!
- It would also help the child to hear Mom and Dad not slaughter their words, but speak clearly and concisely.
- Writing Classes – Putting thoughts down on paper can help a child organize their thoughts. Sitting down and writing is where stories are created. Writing also helps the expansion of vocabulary and/or allows a child to use the vocabulary he or she already has.
- Toast Masters International – Toast Masters have Gavel Clubs, but there are certain criteria to join, and they are:
- must not be composed of employed adults;
- must not be eligible to charter as a regular Toastmasters club;
- may include members who are under 18;
- must have the approval or endorsement of its host institution;
- must use the program, methods, procedures, materials and services of Toastmasters International, whenever possible; and
- must apply to Toastmasters International for a Certificate of Affiliation.
6. Purchase your child a microphone – A microphone can help a child clearly hear their own voice. A microphone is a fun novelty that will encourage a child to speak, and you can also record a child’s voice and play that recording back so the child will know what he or she sounds like to others.
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