We use language to express our intentions, describe our feelings, and understand the ideas of others. Research suggests that vocabulary is enormously important to children’s development,especially in reading. Fortunately, a child’s vocabulary is not predestined. Rather, parents can have a real impact on children’s vocabulary knowledge. Through this blog we would be helping you out on how practicing simple activities can make your child a better orator.
1)Encourage Reading Activities At Home: Create a reading atmosphere even out of school. You could dedicate a ‘Library Day’ if you have a nearby library in your neighbourhood. Identify the genre which your child often likes to read, this would help you to encourage them more. Try providing a good selection to them. It isn’t necessary that your favourite story would be your child’s favourite story.
2) Expose Your Child To Intriguing Words: Small Children love what elders have to do! Just as they get happy doing things which are not meant to be done. So why not play this trick with them which turn out to be beneficial. So don’t shy away from using words you think are over your child’s head; instead, use them as part of your natural conversation and children will gradually pick up on their meanings.
3) Share your own stories. Talk to your child about your own day: what you did, different people you encountered, funny things that happened, anything interesting that you might have seen. Find ways to use memorable words in your daily conversations. This way, your child will hear them in a different context and outside of a book.
4) Read To Them: Studies indicate that students pick up more words when its read aloud to them. Children also lean new words when they read independently. Researchers have found out that 5-15% of all the words we learn are from reading.
5) Creating an environment that is rich in both print and the spoken word is critical to your child’s language development.The number of words one knows as well as the depth of understanding of those words is related to the ability to think. For example, a child who knows the words big and little can certainly think in terms of size and compare objects. But a child who has also learned the words wide, narrow, tall, short, tiny, low, and high has a whole bank of words that help her understand things in deeper ways. Try these activities and see your child’s vocabulary becoming stronger.