6 Ways to Build Your Child's Vocabulary
Children who develop a substantial vocabulary are often able to progress in their reading more quickly and derive deeper meaning from books. Take a look at the following six ways you can help build your child's vocabulary at home.
1. Develop word consciousness
Encourage your child to notice when they encounter new words and to develop the habit of memorising these words. If they notice a new word, ask them to explain any special characteristics that it has.
2. Record words
Using a recording device, your child can easily record a list of words they have learned recently and play them back to themselves to commit them to memory. Repetition is key to remembering new words, and hearing their own voice will make the activity all the more interesting. They can even record the meaning of each new word and perhaps a sentence in which it can be used.
3. Set a 'word of the week'
Designate a new word each week for your child to learn. Write it up on the fridge or whiteboard and try and use the word in regular conversation with your child.
4. Use words in familiar contexts
Try and introduce new words during activities that your child is familiar with. For example, if you're baking a cake with your child, you can 'whisk' the eggs and check the 'thermometer' on the oven.
5. Use intriguing words in conversation
If your child is learning new words regularly and is prepared for a challenge, pique their curiosity by introducing words into conversation that are long and challenging to pronounce or spell.
6. Teach words that are related
Learning new words can be far easier for a child if the words they are learning are conceptually related. For example, your child could learn the names of different fruits, animals or household objects.