Copying baby's sounds encourages connection and communication and helps with baby's brain development.
Why do it?
- When whānau copy baby’s sounds, they’re telling baby that they’ve heard baby’s sound, and that they can make that sound too.
- When baby hears whānau copying their sounds, this encourages baby to keep making them, which in turn strengthens their ability to continue making sounds (and trying new ones).
- Copying baby’s sounds (for example, baby’s turn, parent’s turn) also helps baby learn about taking turns in a conversation.
How to do it
- Do this activity when baby is relaxed and ready for some interaction.
- Whānau can wait for baby to make a sound and then copy it.
- Or they can get the conversation going with a sound they know baby can make.
- Leave a space for baby to have their ‘say’ before ‘replying’.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Whakarongo whakarongo (whakarangona) to listen, hear, obey Maori | Verb||Listen|
|Kōrero kōrero Speech, narrative, story, news, account, discussion, conversation, discourse, statement, information Maori | Noun||Talk, communicate|
|Kōrero mai||Talk to me|
|Waiata mai||Sing to me|
|Tino pai koe ki te kōrero||You're very good at talking|
|Kū kū To make a low inarticulate sound, coo Maori | Verb||Coo|
|Rōreka rōreka To be sweet, melodious, tuneful Maori | Verb||Sweet singing, tuneful|
|Tatari tatari (Tāria) To wait for, await Maori | Verb||To wait|
|Oriori oriori lullaby, song composed on the birth of a chiefly child about their ancestry and tribal history Maori | Noun||Lullaby|
|Whakahuahua whakahuahua To recite, speak out, mention, pronounce, name (a number of things), mimic, imitate Maori | Verb||To imitate or mimic|
|Pārore pārore To be relaxed Maori | Verb||To be relaxed|
|Taupua taupua To support Maori | Verb||To support|
|Whāngai kupu whāngai kupu Prompting Maori | Modifier||Prompting|
|Umere(tia) umere(tia) To shout, applaud, cheer, make raucous applause Maori | Verb||Applaud, cheer|
|Ka pai koe||Well done you|
|Kātahi te pēpi mōhio, ko koe||What a clever baby you are|