Helping Your Child Develop Their Vocabulary

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To grow and build their skills children will need to pick up on their vocabulary. A lot of the words they use in conversation will come from their parents and the language they use, which is why it’s important that we vary our speech and use different words to boost a child’s speaking skills.

 

For us, giving children the opportunities to learn new words can be easy if you have the right methods in place. If you’re looking for language enrichment for children, then read on to discover how to bring more words into your child’s world.

Continuous exposure to words

Part of the reason why children pick up a lot of our words is through 

the vocabulary and speech we say in front of them. Repeatedly saying these words or phrases will only mean that your child will pick them up for themselves. Use more complicated words in a variety of different contexts so that they can naturally pick up these phrases and know what they mean by the time they’re able to say it for themselves.

Encourage your child to be curious

Your child will continuously be asking you questions and wondering about the world around them – be sure to peak their curiosity where you can. It’s a great way to encourage children to pick up vocabulary in a more open and respectful way. The more of this they see and are used to, the likelihood they’ll be keen to follow your ways and pick up phrases and words that you say. 

Write and read with them often

Give them the chance to follow how you read when they’re sitting with you and look at complicated words together. A lot of children’s discovery of these words is through reading stories and accessing different kinds of content – from fictional novels to non-fiction and study books. This is a good chance to give them some practice on the more complicated words your child could be struggling with and breaking them down into chunks to help them remember.

Try synonyms in front of your child

Your child might know the word “big” but they might not know large, ginormous, gargantuan and many other phrases to explain the same word! Give them the chance to hear these words from you and let them practice. They’ll also have a lot more fun when they have the chance to speak new words in front of friends and family!

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