Published on: Aug. 5, 2019
In our last blog post - Proven Strategies to Help Your Child Build a Strong Vocabulary - Volume I, we shared some devices that can help your child build a strong vocabulary. Our newest blog post includes some more tips and tricks.
Play word games during free time
It takes years of hard work to build a strong vocabulary. Start working on your kid’s vocabulary whenever you get a chance, for example, while dressing up your child; you can ask them to name each piece of clothing they are putting on. Ask them to name the colors, accessories, and so on. Similarly, you can play word games while traveling in the car. There are millions of things kids see outside. Rather than letting your children bury their noses in smartphones, ask them to name different objects they see on the way, like various means of transportation, e.g., cars, trucks, bikes, etc. Or if you are traveling to the countryside, you can ask them to name flowers, plants, animals, birds, etc.
Pay attention to children’s queries
Being a parent, you need to take a proactive role to build your child’s vocabulary. After all, improving language skills is not a child’s play. Take your kid’s vocabulary questions seriously. If they express a query regarding a new word or phrase, ensure to teach the correct definition, pronunciation, meaning, and usage of the word in a sentence. In addition, you can also tell them a few synonyms of every word.
Create a word wall
A creative and great way to help new words absorb into your child’s brain! Write new words which your child has learnt on a strip of paper and stick them on the wall of their bedroom. If you don’t wish to stick them over the wall, you can create a work scrapbook. Just make sure that your child regularly goes through the scrapbook and imbibe the fresh vocabulary.
Take help of Flashcards
Flashcards are a good old way to expand your kid’s vocabulary. Learning vocabulary is tricky, and the flashcard method can be an incredibly useful way to get your child to learn a large number of words. To make this more fun and engaging, print some sets of flashcards every week and let your child color and write the words.
Keep calm and correct with care
It’s natural for children to make mistakes in the form of misuse or mispronunciation of a word. However, do not reprimand when they commit mistakes. Rather, applaud their attempts, point out where they went wrong, and encourage them to use the correct form. Be prepared to repeat words and meanings multiple times before your child will completely grasp the word. Focus on making the learning as fun and positive as possible. It will keep the children engaged as well as interested in expanding their vocabulary.
Last Updated on: Dec. 9, 2019