|Tips#1: Read Together Every Day|
|Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.|
|Tips#2: Give Everything A Name|
|You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"|
Gifts can be fantastic. They can make us feel special and loved. They can allow us to experience new, wonderful things. Or they can be rubbish. Let's face it, buying good presents is difficult.
Luckily, it's easier if you know a little about what makes people happy. That's the purpose of a gift, after all. The mistake most people make is to give things. Unless you know the recipient incredibly well, or know exactly what they'd like, things can be difficult. And if they've told you what they want, a physical present is actually quite boring.
If you make a mistake and buy the wrong 'thing' it's even worse. Not only is the recipient disappointed, they feel they have to lie to you about it and then feel so guilty they keep the stupid thing anyway. None of us need more clutter in our lives, but this has probably happened to everyone at one time or another.
Another factor is that with technology changing so quickly nowadays, physical objects quickly go out of date. You may have really wanted that boxed set of Buffy videos ten years ago, but where is it now?
Professor Richard Wiseman suggests that experiences are better than things at making people happy. In giving an experience with a gift voucher, you promise to spend time with the person. Often, that shows more love and care than any object could. And experiences are more memorable. Most of us can't even remember what we got for Christmas, but we remember experiences – they are the units that make up our lives.
|Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together|
|Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.|
|Tips#4: Be Interactive|
|Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.|
Gift vouchers for a London cooking school make the perfect present. Learning a new skill alongside a professional can be a powerful experience, and cooking is an activity that speaks of comfort and affection. You can learn deliciously simple recipes for starters, desserts and mains in a top-end London kitchen. A cooking class also has 'going out for a meal' built in, as you eat what you've cooked at the end.
You might think that visiting a cooking school is a one off and once it's over, it's over, but you'd be wrong. Giving a gift card or voucher sets up a whole sequence of events which you and the recipient can enjoy. London schools offer a vast range of cooking classes, and part of the fun is going online to choose the workshop you'll attend. You could have a lesson focussed purely on recipes for desserts, learn some knife skills or make pasta for the first time. The choices are virtually endless.
But once you've chosen the class and been to it, that's it, right? Well, not really. Not only will you come away with some great memories and new found culinary skills, the school will provide simple recipes for the dishes you'd created. This means that you can recreate the experience at home, enjoying professional quality food for a fraction of the cost.
While gift vouchers make a fantastic present for a partner or close family member, they also make useful corporate gifts. Many companies use the kitchens of cooking schools as modern locations for team building, corporate events and product launches, so a voucher for a cookery class can be the icing on the cake. Clients and staff members need a day to remember every once in a while; it's good for business.
A lot of London cooking schools have simple recipe videos on their websites, so you can have a look at the sort of food on offer before you make a decision.
|Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again|
|Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.|
|Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too|
|Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.|