Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary
One of the most wonderful times in a parent's life is when their babbling toddler develops into a chatting young child. Your sassy little one turns three, and suddenly seems to have a huge repertoire of words and plenty to say about everything! And by the time your child hits the pre-primary years, she or he will talk nineteen to the dozen!. If you would like to help improve your child's vocabulary, read on.
Although your chatty little boss baby may occasionally make you want to rip out your hair,( their rapidly expanding vocabulary is a delight and a great sign. The ability of a child to communicate effectively is crucial now more than ever. Speaking with assurance and clarity as a toddler will make all the difference in the possibilities that come your child's way, whether in the classroom or in the future. A child's vocabulary in the formative years is an accurate predictor of their educational performance later in life. Any attempt to improve your child’s vocabulary will only foster social skills and self-assurance in children and adults alike.
Children's levels of linguistic proficiency can vary greatly depending on their age. Despite the fact that early experiences have a significant impact on verbal abilities, genetic variables also play a substantial role.⁶ Improving vocabulary has a direct correlation with academic success. The capacity to learn and to read is predicted by a child's kindergarten vocabulary size.
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5 Reasons for improving vocabulary that will greatly benefit your child:
The Power of Communication. Your child's ability to articulate her needs and wants will increase as her vocabulary grows.Through the power of words, she will be able to share her ideas and opinions.
The Ability to Understand. Vocabulary is the most fundamental unit of comprehension. So, a child with a restricted vocabulary will experience lapses in her ability to fully understand what she reads or hears.
Logic. Your child's prospects of grasping and articulating ideas and concepts are greatly improved if she has a large vocabulary.
Persuasive Power. An expansive vocabulary is associated with being an eloquent, engaging speaker. Imagine giving your child this power!1
It’s All About Impressions. There’s no denying the fact that a compelling speaker will leave a lasting impression on their audience.
Now that you know what to expect, here are some activities for you to improve your child’s vocabulary.
How to Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary
Read, Read and Read
This is a given, and it is hard to emphasise enough how important it is. Introduce your child to a lot of fascinating reading materials. Their vocabulary will grow as they read more. Encourage children to focus on new or strange words while you read aloud to them.
Engage in sensory play such as playing in a sandbox, making dough, exploring the texture and so on. As you engage in the play, you and your child can describe what you see, feel, hear, taste and smell.5 You’ll be amazed at how rapidly your child adds sensory words to their vocabulary!
A little bit of adventure is good for everyone, so take your child out to explore nature. Take them to beaches, parks, rivers, and wherever else you please. Talk about everything you see, hear and experience. Your child will be excited and have lots to say. Assist in creating a scrapbook of your sensory memory journey.
Family mealtimes provide a wonderful opportunity to converse and help improve your child’s vocabulary. Make dinnertime more meaningful by making it a vocabulary building time. For starters, speak to your child about his or her day. Ask them to tell you about their playates, what they had for lunch, what their teacher wore, what books they read at the library and so on. Use descriptive language to replace their words and phrases as they recount their day to you. Soon they will emulate your effort!
Once you've formed a reading routine, occasionally put the book down and encourage your child to either reenact the narrative in their own words or come up with a brand-new tale. Ask questions to introduce new words and concepts, along the way. When you let them express their thoughts, they are compelled to explore new words and emotions.
It's crucial to make sure your child gets enough rest and eats well in addition to getting her involved in these activities.
So go all out and help your children build a solid vocabulary. It is without doubt one of the best gifts you can give them!
6https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5510534/ National Library of Medicine, National centre for biotechnology information. Psychol Sci. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2017 Jul 14.
Published in final edited form as:
Psychol Sci. 2013 Nov 1; 24(11): 2143–2152.
Published online 2013 Sep 10. doi: 10.1177/0956797613488145