It’s important to remember that ALL behavior is communication and sometimes toddlers (and even preschoolers) may cry or tantrum as a way to communicate their needs when they don’t have the words to express themselves. This is their way of communicating that they have lost the ability to manage their emotions; they may simply be tired or hungry. It’s important to attempt to understand what they’re communicating, rather than trying to stop or ignore the behavior. You can help by giving them words for their emotions, for example “you seem…tired, hungry, sad”
For toddlers this means talking with them about the real things they’re doing and it is the most powerful and natural way for them to learn language. Talking “with” means being patient as they try to express themselves, waiting and not rushing them, then responding to their questions and comments through conversation.
Rhyming and rhythm help little ones hear sounds and syllables in words, which later help them learn to read, an example is “night, night, sleep tight” There are lots of great rhyming books and songs to share with little ones.
The five senses are touching, seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting. Using the senses involves different areas of the brain, which is important for early literacy development because it connects what a child is learning to things in their environment, like how a real apple tastes, feels and smells.