Your child can develop a lifelong love for language if s/he is able to understand words better. And that understanding of words comes from being exposed to a wide range of words, hearing them often and practising their use. An improved vocabulary may be beneficial to your child in more ways than one - it helps improve communication, understanding and reading ability, it can give your child academic and social advantages. The more words a reader knows, the more they are able to comprehend what they're reading or listening to.
Here are some ways in which you can help improve your child’s vocabulary -
1. Use Big Words In Normal Conversations
Yes, we understand that you want your baby to understand what you’re saying, you should also try and sneak in some “big” words so that your kid can adjust to the new words. This way, kids can get the usage of these words and also get them curious. When they ask you the meaning, be sure to explain patiently to them and encourage them. Also, don’t talk down and dumb down your words. Rather, help your kids rise to your level. Just make sure that they keep talking!
2. Indulge In Stories
For once, let your child tell the story at night. Encourage your child to read, and when s/he has an audience, they’ll try and be more careful and pay attention while doing so. Occasionally, you can even as your kid to tell their own, made up story to see how her/his imagination takes shape. Ask them questions during their narration to encourage them to think of newer words.
3. Word Games!
Scrabble, Hangman, Pictionary - these are all tried and tested methods to get your kid to play with words. With the huge range of word game apps available on the play store and internet, you can make sure that whenever your kid is bored, they play something that also stimulates their brain and helps them learn something new.
4. House Help
Label the everyday items in your house to introduce your kid to a host of new words. For kids who are new to words, using household items to name them is a great way to keep them learning. Keep it interactive so that you’re able to correct them if they make any mistakes too!
5. Let Them Make Mistakes
You need to let them learn on their own. You won’t always be there to teach them the right words. So make sure you let your kids make mistakes with their words. But when they do, be gentle while correcting them. Patiently teach them the correct definition and pronunciation. The more positive the experience, the more they will be inclined to do that activity - in this case, expanding their vocabulary.