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FUN WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR CHILD’S ENGLISH VOCABULARY



Young children are like clay. So it’s crucial to indulge them in English vocabulary right from the start. While formal education helps in academic vocabulary, parental involvement is crucial for advanced vocabulary. A broad vocabulary boosts a child’s social skills and confidence.

Here are some fun and easy ways to improve vocabulary and put English vocabulary in use naturally:


· TALK!

Parent-child conversations are important vocabulary builders. Every time you tell them about your day, use some new vocabulary. Make conversations a priority.

Ask them open ended questions about how their own day was.


· PLAY TOGETHER.

Games are fun and a great bonding time. Kids always catch new words to learn while playing

Scrabble or boggle. It’s a good vocabulary practice when they play with other kids later.


· TEACH THROUGH PHOTOS.

If your child learns a new noun, find a picture of it and show them. Spelling out their favourite dishes can improve their food vocabulary. Or enact the verbs they learn. This will turn into a fun game and putting vocabulary in use will embed the word in their head.


· ENCOURAGE QUESTIONING:

Take time to explain meanings from their new vocabulary list if they ask you. You can also enthusiastically find meanings together. Teach them to be confident and to not hesitate to speak up. If you learn something new, tell them so that they know that learning is a lifelong process and it is okay to not know everything. This will open them up to question something they don’t understand.


· ENCOURAGE READING:

This is something extremely valid. It is obvious that books typically include a wide range of words, wider than our daily vocabulary. Reading with them or reading aloud to your child will expose them to more challenging words and create opportunity for conversation.


· DON’T LOWER YOUR OWN VOCABULARY LEVEL:

So many people use silly words to make conversations easier for very young kids. This is a very wrong move for the development of a child. If not very complex, it’s best to start with daily use English words. Don’t ‘dumb-down’ your own vocabulary to talk to your child. Aim to speak to them as if you’re speaking to an adult. The more they put their English vocabulary in use, the more confident they’ll grow in using newly learnt words.


· ENCOURAGE WRITING:

Try writing stories or diary entries with them. If they enjoy it, you can help include writing in their daily routine. This way their vocabulary learning will also cater to their creativity and imagination skills. If they don’t enjoy writing so much, they could simply write the new vocabulary words they learn and end up learning 300+ new English words each year. Make sure they thoroughly know and understand the meaning of these new words.


· REPEAT. REPEAT. REPEAT.

If your child is very young, they will need to encounter a word at least 4 to 12 times before it is embedded in their long-term memory. Whenever you teach them a new word, try putting it up in conversations every now and then or use various vocabulary examples until they themselves start to use it naturally.


Remember not to bombard your child with lots of new English vocabulary words all at once and instead start with one step at a time with basic English words.


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