Published on: Sept. 3, 2019

According to a research - the rate of vocabulary growth after 4th grade to be significantly related to 4th-grade word reading after controlling for kindergarten vocabulary level, that is, above average readers experienced a higher rate of vocabulary growth than did average readers.Research Gate

A robust vocabulary is the basis of a lifelong talent for learning. A strong vocabulary helps not only foster communication and understanding but also a child’s reading ability. Like all parents, you would wish your kid to do well in school. One way to help your child is to guide them to build a strong vocabulary. The more words your child knows, the more s/he will be able to comprehend what they’re reading or listening to. Besides, it will help beginner readers to make sense of what they’re reading.

As a parent, you’re their teacher for all aspects of life. We understand your struggle to help your child develop an impressive vocabulary. So, we have come up with a few proven tips and tricks.

Read on to know more!

Use enriched vocabulary during everyday conversation

Being a parent, it's obvious that you simplify your conversation to make your children understand. It doesn't mean that you stop using enriched words during your day-to-day communication. Pepper your conversation with rich words. Initially, your child may not be able to understand, but with regular use s/he will start perceiving what you mean. Be prepared to pause and explain. They'll soon pick up the words you use most often.

Encourage children to use digital tools

Helping your child to build a strong vocabulary comes with challenges. Thankfully, the internet has provided countless tools and programs that can help kids enhance their vocabulary. At Aptence, we offer effective and engaging digital solutions which enable children to take daily challenges and instill vocabulary building through short, intense exercises. Is your child not motivated by the education stuff? Encourage them to practice questions from our challenging categories and let them accumulate medals and redeemable coins.  This will motivate them continue progressing through the hurdles. The simplicity of our digital solutions make kids forget that they are learning a new skill as they explore various challenges on our website. Isn’t it a perfect way to motivate young minds?

Use stories to introduce new words

Words are powerful, and stories are proven way to introduce your child to a new world of words and phrases. Read aloud to your child from an early age. It offers notable advantages for kids' vocabulary development. Stories expose children to a broader range of possible word choices with their multiple ways of probable uses.

Some tips:

  • Make a reading routine with regular slots every day
  • Don't just read academic books; find your child's interest and read books related to the relevant topics
  • Read aloud to your child unless they're able to read independently
  • Non-fiction books, comics, children's magazines are rich sources of wider range of words
  • Discuss the topic you are reading to your child; it will help them with their comprehension

On occasion, feel free to put the book down and ask your child to weave story out of their imagination. It will make them brainstorm and use the words they have digested so far. Don’t forget to intervene with rhetorical questions when they are narrating the story. It will introduce new words and concepts in their minds.

Label household items

Use post-it notes or flashcards to label household items, like clocks, kitchen items, lamps, and furniture pieces. It is an innovative and confirmed way to introduce young children to an array of words. This method is especially helpful for youngsters who are still struggling with learning simple words. This trick will help them associate the words with the item and learn the spelling too.

Play word games during free time

It takes years of hard work to build a strong vocabulary. Start working on your kid’s vocabulary whenever you get a chance, for example, while dressing up your child, you can ask them to name each piece of clothing they are putting on. Ask them to name the colors, accessories, and so on. Similarly, you can play word games while traveling in the car. There are millions of things kids see outside. Rather than let your children bury their noses in smart phones, ask them to name different objects they see on the way, like various means of transportation, eg, cars, trucks, bikes, etc. Or, if you are traveling to countryside, you can ask them to name flowers, plants, animals, birds, etc. Once you have introduced a word, give them hints to guess it the second time.

Pay attention to children’s queries

Being a parent, you need to take a proactive role to build your child’s vocabulary. After all, improving language skills is not a child’s play. Take your kid’s vocabulary questions seriously. If they express a query

regarding a new word or phrase, ensure to teach the correct definition, pronunciation, meaning, and usage of the word in a sentence. In addition, you can also tell them a few synonyms of every word.

Keep calm and correct with care

It’s natural for children to make mistakes in the form of misuse or mispronunciation of a word. However, do not reprimand when they commit mistakes. Rather, applaud their attempts, point out where they went wrong, and encourage them to use the correct form. Be prepared to repeat words and meanings multiple times before your child will completely grasp the word. Focus on making the learning as fun and positive as possible. It will keep the children engaged as well as interested in expanding their vocabulary.

Take the time and energy required to teach your kids. You will be glad years after when you will see your children with a robust vocabulary.  

Social media description – How can you equip your child with a robust vocabulary? A strong vocabulary is the foundation of your child’s reading and writing ability. But, like many parents, you might be struggling with teaching new words to your child. That’s why, Aptence has prepared a guide that will help you nurture and improve a powerful vocabulary of your child.

Last Updated on: Sept. 3, 2019