Toddler as teacher
Toddlers love to catch “mistakes” made by grown-ups. Hand your child his milk and say, “Here’s your bilk.” Older toddlers will enthusiastically correct any mistake. Play along and make a game of trying to figure out what it’s really called. “Is it silk? Is it pilk?” You are introducing rhyming words and helping your child develop phonological awareness—the ability to hear individual sounds in words and manipulate them. Strong phonological awareness is a prerequisite to reading.