Helping your child develop their vocabulary

Published by Sarah Hughes on

When your child is very little, the urge to push them to say ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ seems like a competition, with heavy amounts of time and effort put in to hear your child reach this milestone and say their first word.

However, as children grow up, not many parents put in the same effort to continue their growth in vocabulary, with practically all of the effort being expected to come from school and teachers. However, vocabulary is so important as it helps individuals understand the world around them and make a little more sense of it all. The work needs to be put in when they are little to get the ball rolling for life. Below is a guide advised by this independent school in London, that goes into more detail on helping your child develop their vocabulary.

Talk, all the time!

Young children are very much like sponges and absorb quite literally everything they hear. This is why talking to them and making conversation a priority, will be the way forward when it comes to ensuring your child has a rich set of vocabulary on them. Parent-child interactions are a lot more valuable than perceived, especially with very little children. You can name objects, use numbers and introduce vocabulary that helps to describe emotions. Exposing them to as many words as possible should be the main goal at this stage.

Read together

Have you ever noticed that children who read books regularly, are always very articulate? A wide vocabulary is established through a deep love for reading. Don’t limit your child to schoolbooks, ensure they are reading for fun too. A few pages before bed or when they are winding down throughout the day, will ensure your child is filling their mind with nothing but knowledge.

The number of words your child learns when they are young, is closely linked to their future successes. Put in that extra effort now to ensure your child is set for life.

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