6 Tips to Develop Your Child’s Vocabulary at Home

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Children who develop a substantial vocabulary are often able to progress in their reading more quickly and derive deeper meaning from books. Try the following 6 ways you can help your child develop their vocabulary at home:

1. Develop word consciousness – encourage your child to notice when they encounter new words, and to develop the habit of memorising these words. If they notice a new word, ask them to explain any special characteristics that it has. Reading Eggs is carefully designed to develop word consciousness in young children (see how it works with a free two week trial here).

2. Record words – using a recording device, your child can easily record a list of words they have learned recently and play them back to themselves to commit them to memory. Repetition is key to remembering new words, and hearing their own voice will make the activity all the more interesting. They can even record the meaning of each new word, and perhaps a sentence in which it can be used.

3. Set a ‘word of the week’ – designate a new word each week for your child to learn. Write it up on the fridge or whiteboard and try and use the word in regular conversation with your child.

4.  Use words in familiar contexts – try and introduce new words during activities that your child is familiar with. For example, if you’re baking a cake with your child, you can ‘whisk’ the eggs, and check the ‘thermometer’ on the oven.

5. Use intriguing words in conversation – if your child is learning new words regularly and is prepared for a challenge, pique their curiosity by introducing words into conversation that are long, difficult to pronounce or spell.

6. Teach words that are related – learning new words can be far easier for a child if the words they are learning are conceptually related. For example, your child could learn the names of different fruits, or learn words related to animals, or house-hold objects, etc.

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Techniques to Build Your Child’s Vocabulary

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Building a large vocabulary is an essential part of learning to read, and as your child’s vocabulary grows, the easier it will be for them to be able to read fluently and comprehend the meaning of text as a whole.

As your child adds more and more words to their long-term memory, they will start to develop rapid, automatic word recognition skills, allowing them to recall the pronunciation and meaning of words, and eventually apply this meaning to the context of the story they are reading.

The more words that they understand and retain, the easier it will be for them to be able to develop fluency in their reading, and be able to comprehend these words together in the context of a story.

As they build up their word bank, your child will be able to use their working memory capacity to comprehend the text rather than trying to decipher every single word. So, the more words committed to their long-term memory, the greater will be their ability to comprehend written text.

Your child can then focus their mental processes to read for meaning, gain information and enjoyment from text, as well as add to their word and concept knowledge.

Some effective ways to help your child build their vocabulary include:

Using visual aids

Reading stories that feature pictures is a great way for your child to increase their word bank, helping to provide context to understand the meaning of these new words, as well as aid in their retention.

When a new word is introduced with a matching picture, associating the picture with the matching word can not only help your child understand the context in which the word appears, but aid in their retention of the word.

Reading from different sources

Reading a wide variety of stories will also help expose your child to an increasing amount of new words. Much vocabulary acquisition comes from reading a wide variety of texts and reading storybooks is one of the most powerful means to expand vocabulary. The more children read, the larger their vocabulary.

Role-playing

Encouraging children to role-play in a variety of situations helps them to learn about new words in context. Playing with simple hand puppets is a great way of encouraging your child to re-enact scenes from a favourite story. They can take on the role of the characters and role-play scenes for fun.

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