Improving your child’s vocabulary at home

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Improving your child’s vocabulary at home will help them to succeed in future!

Encouraging your child to expand on their vocabulary from a young age is essential.

It will help them to communicate effectively and make a difference with school work.

Having an expansive vocabulary is beneficial for writing, exams and general communication.

As a parent, you can improve your child’s vocabulary at home! Here’s how:

Reading for pleasure

  • Encourage your child to record a list of new words they’ve found.
  • Revisit those words weekly.
  • They can use the new words in their day-to-day vocabulary, helping them be remembered.

Audiobooks/educational programmes

  • Audiobooks are an effortless way way to educate your child!
  • Hearing how new words sound will help with pronunciation and memorising them.
  • Programmes can be beneficial with learning new vocabulary, too.
  • Seeing how the words are pronounced whilst hearing them helps with remembering them.

Spelling lists

  • Create spelling lists to constantly teach new words.
  • These can be daily or weekly to implement new vocabulary.
  • Going over the misspelt words will help your child with memorisation.

Regularly teaching new words

  • Try teaching your child a new word every week, or even every day.
  • Use this word throughout the day/week and encourage them to use it in a sentence.
  • You can find new words in a dictionary or use a website/app for generating them.

Playing word games

  • There are numerous word games that can improve vocabulary.
  • Board games, like Scrabble, or apps like ‘7 Little Words’ are a fun way to build up useful keywords!
  • You can make up games to play, like seeing how many synonyms you can make from a word.
  • For example, take the word ‘hungry,’ you can make ravenous, famished, starving, peckish, and so on…

There are endless ways for improving your child’s vocabulary at home.

Using exciting vocabulary when having a conversation, playing word games and encouraging reading for pleasure are just a few ways to do this.

A wide vocabulary has numerous benefits, so why not  expand on language from a young age!

Tara Proudfoot