Children till the age of ten have the ability to grasp words and phrases more easily. During the first two years of a child’s life, there is a ‘Vocabulary Explosion’, as experts call it. The parents play a crucial role in inculcating ways to develop the child’s vocabulary at this stage.
So, let us explore 9 different ways you can help build your child’s vocabulary.
Initiate A Dialogue With Them
Speaking to your child is an excellent way to introduce languages. The left frontal lobe in an infant is highly active and can grasp words easily. This helps the child to understand and assign an action to it too, thus, laying the foundation of a strong vocabulary while having a conversation.
Schedule Daily Story Time
Young children love picture books. A bedtime storybook reading can not only be an English reading practice for kids but also become an opportunity for you to introduce them to phonics. For example, you could read the storybook while pointing at the pictures and emphasizing the words and sounds associated with it. Here, more than accuracy, engagement plays an important role.
Learn With Synonyms
Children, as a rule, like to imitate their parents’ mannerisms. This trait can be used to help pre-schoolers learn synonyms. For example, instead of saying, “you are a smart girl”, you can say, “you are a very clever girl”. This will help them describe the same word in different ways.
Start Labels At An Early Age
Label different places in your house which are frequented by your toddler like the toy bins, shelves, snack boxes, books etc. Labelling will help to build on their basic comprehension skills and will help in reading simple words too.
Encourage Fun Writing
A child loves writing about something that he finds interesting. Ask your child to write the most interesting or fun thing that he did in school that day. This will encourage him to pen down words which in turn will help build his creative writing skills too.
Thesaurus To The Rescue
A pre-schooler gets writing homework from school daily. Once done with the work, guide your child to use a thesaurus for identifying words used often and to find an alternate. Making a habit of always having a thesaurus at hand while writing will improve the quality of work for your child.
Stop Oversimplifying Words
In early years, the receptive vocabulary is much more than an expressive one in children. When we oversimplify words, we rob a child of developing a word bank. Experts believe that when you use words often that you want your child to learn it will enable him to use the word correctly during conversations.
Build A Word- A- Day
Pick a word every day and try to use it in songs, stories and sentences while engaging with your child. Play games like hangman and clue to encourage her to identify the word. Scrabble for juniors is also a good game to build words in children.
Let Them Narrate A Story
Children love to tell stories, some real, some made up. Encourage them to do so. A child uses stories as an expression of his thoughts. While they narrate a story, help infuse it with words you want them to learn. This is an excellent way to increase vocabulary.
Engaging children in building vocab at an early age gives them a head start in learning languages. This develops a keen interest in them for creative writing which brings immense joy to both parents and children alike.