Keep Using The New Words During Everyday Interactions
It is important to encourage children’s vocabulary development so that they develop the language and literacy skills. Go slow and ensure that you have given your child enough time to grasp the word.
Here are few tips to help your child new words:
1. Start building language with one word each day, and explain the meaning in the simplest way possible. Put these words into conversations and stories so that your child can understand and remember it better.
2. Your child needs to hear a word several times before he starts to use it. If you repeat words for your child on different occasions, it will give him more opportunities to hear and learn new words.
3. Try to talk about what interests your child then he will pay more attention and learn a new word. If he is interested in playing with cars you can model words like “speed,” “traffic” or “mechanic.” Talk about events that will happen in the future such as “Our car is dirty. Maybe we should go to the car wash”.
4. Help your child understand what a new word means. By giving details about new words, you build your child’s understanding of new words. For example, if he is playing with car and you introduce a word “passenger”, you might say something like “a passenger is someone who rides in a car or a bus or a train.
5. Teach your child a new word with actions, facial expressions or gestures, it will help him to understand the meaning of the words. For example, if you say “terrified” with a shaky voice that sounds like you are scared, it will help your child understand what you mean.
6. Play word games with your child. Using post-it notes to label household items is a fantastic way to introduce children to an array of words.
7. Use grown-up words in normal conversations. Pepper your conversations with words your child probably won’t understand and encourage your child to ask for clarification if he don’t understand something. Be prepared to pause and explain.