Building Vocabulary is akin to building blocks. Every strong block starts with a strong base. Likewise, vocabulary improvement of a child is a step-by-step procedure starting with interpreting a word merely through its sound.
Encourage your child to master the art and science of vocabulary with these tips and suggestions.
Try to keep it just the right amount: not many and not few. A general proposition is to introduce five new words per week. Adapt these words into the everyday conversation among the adults in the house.
Naturally, there is one thing that all parents do. We talk to our children in a high-pitched singsong manner – It is called Parentese. This manner of talking works wonders on the brainwave of your kid. While you are at it, stick to actual words.
Even if you do not receive a reply from your child, keep at it. Because the activity in your child’s brain results in a strong vocabulary.
Read to your Child
A study indicates that reading out to children and showing pictures opens the door to a wide range of words. As a matter of fact, kids whose parents read them one picture book daily are exposed to approximate 78,000 words annually. This helps them pick up reading skills faster when they join a school.
Besides enjoying rhymes, your child learns to relate words to one another. Dr Seuss’s books are significant assets for rhymes. Rhymes are also an excellent introduction to poetry.
Talk about things that fascinate your Child
You may spot your child staring at a cat curiously. Take this opportunity to introduce the cat to your child. For example, you may say, “Oh, look at the furry cat!”.
Similar instances may also arise when your child points to something and attempts to talk about it with excitement. When words are associated with objects, events and emotions, they become powerful. Research shows, early gesture selectively predicts later language learning.
Common Mistakes in Building Vocabulary
Do not make your vocabulary building exercise solely about the list and test. Commonly, parents try to
- Teach words out of context
- Depend on dictionaries
- Provide single exposure of words
- Reading out, rhyming, etc., will increase your child’s ability to learn and retain new words.
- Introduce 5 words per week and practice them around your child.
- Help your child learn about things that catch their attention.