A lot of children have great ideas and thoughts but are often are unable to articulate them clearly owing to a poor vocabulary. If your child is bright and intelligent yet struggles with stringing together the right words, this blog post is for you!
- Catch them young!
With building vocabulary, its never too early to start! Children can have a vocabulary of around 3000 words for each language they know by the age of three, so you can start talking to your child while they’re still in the womb. That said, language milestones and expectations are all set in the early years, so its important to surround them with words then!
- Talking right!
Children learn almost everything they know by imitation at first. Don’t be afraid to use words that aren’t baby talk with your child. The more words they hear in their regular context, children will reason their meanings out using situational cues will slowly start using these words on their own.
- Encouraging reading!
Drown your child in a sea of books. Reading works wonders for vocabulary building, so provide your child with picture books, and books across genres and publishers. Read aloud from a young age to get them used to familiarizing themselves with new words and ask them questions like ‘What do you think this word means?’ and help them learn important skills like logically deducing the meaning of a word from a sentence using cues from illustrations and visuals.
- Word Games
For older children, word games like Scrabble and Pictionary definitely inspire a love for new words. For the tech-savvy kids, there many words games available for download on Android and IOS devices. ‘Wordscape’ and ‘Pictowords’ are good examples.
What are some strategies you use to help your child build their vocabulary? Do let us know in the comments below!