A good vocabulary is vital for any child (or adult for that matter) because it allows them to better express themselves and make their needs, as well as their thoughts and ideas, known in a way that can be clearly understood.
If you’re looking to help your child build their vocabulary, here are a few things that might help:
Talk to them
It’s a no-brainer, but the more time you spend in conversation with your child, the more they will naturally learn their vocabulary from you.
Obviously, this means that you need to try and speak clearly and ‘properly’ if you want them to learn standardized vocabulary, but it will be so worth it when they’re acing their English classes, and all the time you spend stalking will help you to build a better bond too.
Use language apps
Whatever your views on screentime, there is no denying that there are a lot of great vocabulary apps aimed at helping children get to grips with languages using things like dictionary API software and visual cues to help kids grasp the basics and beyond.
Using these for a few minutes each day won’t harm your kids, but it will help to better engage them, which is why they are definitely worth considering as part of your homeschooling arsenal.
Read with them
When you read with your children, not only are you letting them hear how you pronounce various words, as well as introducing them to new words too, of course, but you are also exposing them to words that they might not hear very often in everyday life.
Reading with your child can also encourage a lifelong love of books, which is really useful when you’re homeschooling children, and get their imaginations fired up which is so important for their creativity.
Put labels on things
When it comes to teaching your kids the actual written words for things, sticking post-it noted with the word for the object on the object is a really simple, but effective way to do that.
The more they see snd become familiar with the written word, the more likely they will be to associate it with the object and the spoken word for it, the sooner they will be able to read and write it for themself.
Word games like Junior Scrabble and Bananagrams are a really fun way to incorporate vocabulary into a child’s life without it feeling too much like a lesson, but you can bet your bottom dollar that they WILL be learning plenty as you have fun playing together.
Have them write a story
Once they are old enough, getting them to write stories, sometimes with specific prompts, sometimes not, will get them really thinking about the language they use because they will want to impress and make their stories as exciting sad they can be.
Building a decent vocabulary takes time, but if you make it fun, vary your technique and let your children enjoy language, they will get it much sooner than you think!
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