Before a child learns to read, he must have a good understanding of basic words and their meanings. And while this may seem difficult, there are very simple ways that you, as a parent, can help build your child’s vocabulary. In fact, you probably do a lot of it naturally throughout the day without even realizing it.
From reading out loud to having simple conversation, you help your child each day learn new words by explaining how they work, what different things mean, or the actions your little one notices. In fact, the more parents do this to help their children overcome language challenges, the better prepared the child will be for kindergarten and later school.
Here’s how you can help your child develop vocabulary and learn new skills.
1. Have frequent conversations with your little one
You may have often heard that young children absorb the information they receive like a sponge, so it is important to introduce them to language since they are children. This means having conversations with them even if they can’t get back to you at first.
The number of words children learn in their early years will affect how they verbally interact in the future. The quality of parent-child interactions is one of the most important factors affecting vocabulary, so it is essential to talk to your child and explain what the new words you use mean.
Try naming things, using number combinations, and entering words that express feelings. The more words they understand, the more they are able to use them in conversations with others.
2. Read together
A large vocabulary is an important step towards independent reading. It is important to make reading a daily routine that the child loves. That’s why it’s important to arouse his curiosity. This could mean choosing the most interesting stories to read together and perhaps having conversations about them at the end.
Don’t just read stories for school. Monitor your child’s interests and find books that relate to him, as this will encourage him to read for pleasure.
Continue reading aloud to your child even after he or she is able to read independently. Children love hearing stories and you can develop their vocabulary by choosing books that are difficult for them to read on their own. Don’t limit yourself to classic reading: Reading nonfiction books, children’s magazines, and comics will expose your child to a greater range of words.
3. Label the surrounding objects whenever you get the chance
Use stickers to label things around the house as this will help your child learn new words. As he grows, you can add adjectives to the words on the tags, such as “green chair” to help expand your little one’s vocabulary.
4. Also use the synonyms of common words
An easy way to introduce your child to new words is to use them in sentences yourself. You can do this by replacing different words with synonyms. A synonym is often more descriptive than the original word. For example, a child can more easily understand and assimilate the word “sage” if you sometimes use its synonyms, such as “clever” or “clever.”
5. Use new words in sentences
There is no point in having your little one learn new words if he doesn’t know how to use them. Getting him to use a word in a spoken or written sentence will help him understand its meaning and context.
You can ask him to write sentences that include each newly learned word, and encourage him to look it up in a dictionary if he’s not sure what it means.
So, developing your child’s vocabulary is not difficult and is a necessary step as they begin their reading journey. In some cases, advance planning is necessary, but for the most part, helping your child learn and absorb words is a process that comes naturally into your daily routine.
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