How to Enrich Your Child’s Vocabulary
Your little one’s first word “da-da” sounded like music to your ears. As he progresses, he constructs his own language and combines different syllables so he can send his message across. The simple da-da becomes “where is daddy?”. He progresses in language by the day, and so we have to assist him in increasing his vocabulary as well. There are ways on how we, parents, can help our kids enrich their vocabulary. Here are a few tips on how this can be done.
- Select words that your child seldom uses but are appropriate enough to be used on his age. It is also wise to teach him simple synonyms, such as beautiful and nice, small and tiny, big and large, and so on. It is easy to teach him new words that have the same meaning.
- Use the words in a sentence. Kids are likely to learn the meaning of the word through sentence usage rather than giving him the definition of the word. Let him construct his own sentence using the new word that he just learned.
- Play word games – For children, image-to-word-matching would be an interesting game. For bigger children, it could be scrabble or simple crossword puzzle. Kids are likely to learn more if they are having fun.
- Recognition and reward – Entice him to use the new words often to make him familiar with it. Use different kinds of rewards such as a kiss on the cheek, a high five, an ice cream, or a walk in the park.
- Reading – A child that often reads is more likely to encounter new and unfamiliar words. Surround him with books that are colorful and attractive for his age and with a font that is big enough for him to see and read. Encourage him to come to you every time he encounters a new word.
- Dictionary awareness – If your child is big enough to introduce to a dictionary, ask him to browse through it if he hears or encounters a new word. Let him have his own pocket dictionary so he can consult to it anytime.
- Talk to him often – Communicating with him as often as possible allows him to be exposed to new and unfamiliar words. Also, encourage him to open up and do not let shyness get in the way of asking the meaning of the unfamiliar word, even from persons outside your home like the neighbors or his teachers in school.
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