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Improving your pre-k child's speaking skills

At this stage, what your child says is more important than how it is said. It's okay if your child doesn't say all sounds correctly, but if family and friends are having trouble understanding his/her words, follow these steps to help your little one speak more clearly.

1. Have your child look at you and listen while you say a difficult word very slowly.

2. Say the word again WITH him/her, exaggerating the difficult part of the word.

3. Repeat this process two or three times.

Give your child lots of praise for trying, even if he/she doesn't get it quite right. Try again another time. Be sure to keep the interaction playful and fun!

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