Smart Mom's Thursday. Developing a Rich Vocabulary Part I

Lots of moms ask us about how to make their children better their language skills. Especially English. It is a crucial skill for any kind of success. Words help us think, create ideas & reason. A weak vocabulary inhibits development of reasoning skills. A rich vocabulary leads to higher levels of reasoning, creativity and communication skills. Skills, that are prized in later life.

So here is our simple, easy to use guide for Moms.

1. Talk talk talk!
This is how they will get their basic right- meaningful interaction between you and your child. Tell the child what is happening, when, where, how. The brain stores information in groups of ideas. When you spot a new subject ( a dog, a flower), try to build on your child’s existing knowledge by talking about what you see. The more you link ideas together the more she will learn. Later you can talk about what you saw and discuss it again.

2. Introducing new words. 
Find a natural way to introduce a new word. Explain the meaning. A few minutes later, use the word in a different context. This will reinforce the meaning. Us the word in a different context again after sometime.

3. Mastering language naturally. 
There are many parts to this. Let us take tenses. By asking the child what happened earlier, you are developing his mastery over the past tense. Ask the child to describe what happened in a book or video. Use pictures or mementoes to trigger his memories of past vacations. Ask him add to his account with more descriptive words. Ask what will happen when Daddy gets home or when Grandma visits. In this way you get the child to speculate. And use the future tense with words such as ‘probably’ or ‘perhaps’.

4. Positive encouragement. 
If the child says, ‘I goed to grandmas’, don’t tell her that it is wrong. Instead, carry the conversation further. Do it with corrected language, such as, “you went to grandmas yesterday didn’t you? I went too. Tomorrow we will both go”.

5. Read to your child every single day. 
Look out for children’s stories filled with vivid language. Introduce your family to some of the classic literature. But remember, don’t force this. Build on your child’s interest.

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