The words that we speak, the language that we use, the sentences we frame: all come under the name of vocabulary. Our vocabulary needs to be strong enough for greater opportunities in the long run.
But are you worried for your kid’s vocabulary? How will you deal with this new era of learning where Languages are the most important thing any school, organization, or any career oriented department demands. We are here to help you out!! Using this guide you can easily make your young one learn new words, that too with no extra or heavy efforts. Come, let’s take a look on the guide.
Guide to Build Your Kid’s Vocabulary
Vocabulary can be divided into four types:
- Listening Vocabulary
- Reading Vocabulary
- Speaking Vocabulary
- Writing Vocabulary
1. Listening Vocabulary
The words that we learn from hearing others speak come under listening vocabulary.
You must be wondering, how is this possible?
Well then, when we start speaking in a foreign language or may be a new term even in our mother tongue, the child tries to understand the new word. When we make them understand the meaning of the new word and make them learn how to speak the same, they’d remember it for a lifetime. Just the way, we never forgot the childhood rhymes we were taught, ’cause the teacher kept on singing in front the students and they remember it for a life time.
Tasks To Perform:
- You must speak in English with your child. This will make them learn the new language sooner.
- Recite poems to them, read out stories to them. On encountering a new term, make them understand its meaning and its use.
- Ask them to frame sentences using that word.
- Talk to others too in the required language to build a stronger base for your kid.
These steps/points will help your child learn the new language faster and it will be easier for you too. Our memory retains the words new to it for we want to explore more then.
2. Reading Vocabulary
When we read, we start framing a picture of the content being read. It’s somewhat more easier to retain it for a longer time in the memory. Help your kid develop the habit of reading books and stories, be it in free time or rather bedtime stories, but make this a habit. From reciting stories to making them read on their own, it’s the most efficient way to build one’s vocabulary.
Tasks To Perform:
- Buy your child good books, bedtime stories, books from the Disney, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Snow white, Alice in wonderland.
- Buy them comics. They’ll not only enjoy this but also develop a habit of reading wich is, indeed, one of the best habits. This will also help them develop their vocabulary on their own.
- Get them a proper Dictionary.
- Teach them how to use a dictionary to find the meaning of any word.
- Ask them to search for the word they feel difficult to understand while reading books.
- You can always play new word games with your kid.
- vocabulary games such as framing a new word with the last letter of the previous word.
- If they find any word given by you, difficult to understand, ask them to search them in the dictionary.
2. Speaking Vocabulary
When we speak, we usually remember the words we used and thus learning from reading and listening to new words will all go vain if we don’t use them while we speak. Ask your child to develop the habit of speaking in the required language on a daily basis, moreover ask them to use the words they usually find difficult in sentences.
Tasks To Perform:
- Ask the kid to maintain a record of the words they found difficult while reading new books.
- Ask them to frame sentences using those words.
- Speak to them in English and ask them to do the same. This way they’ll develop the habit of using words properly.
- Give them words and ask them to find their antonyms and synonyms.
- also, help them frame sentences using those antonyms and synonyms.
2. Writing Vocabulary
We remember what we write, moreover we have a record maintained. If we ever forget something, we can always refer to the written portion.
Tasks To Perform:
- Make your child write the words they find difficult.
- Make them write their meanings too.
- Ask them to frame sentences using them.
- Give them weekly tasks to write essays of new topics provided by you.
- You can also ask them to write a composition on the fair you took them the last evening or something like that.
These were some basic techniques you can always use for you kid to help them learn new words. You can always bring new games, play with them, provide them with tasks and also gift them some rewards, for example a chocolate or a visit to their favorite park. This will make them feel happy and being awarded will make them want to learn even more.
1. Memory games
- take some objects from your house, example: vegetables, fruits, toys, remote, a phone’s charger etc.
- keep them on a table so that each object is completely visible.
- show them to your kids for 10-20 seconds
- ask them to write the objects they saw then on a piece of paper, in 60 seconds
- ask them to frame sentences using those words
This will not only make them learn new sentences and the use of new words but also sharpen their memory.
Play scramble with your child. A board game always helpful to build vocabulary. Frame new words. This will not just help your kid to develop their vocabulary but will also help them frame new words and sharpen their brains.
3. Crossword puzzles
We have always heard or have seen crossword puzzles in newspapers. Include this habit in your child’s daily schedule to solve at least one crossword puzzle given in the newspapers. You can even buy them new crossword puzzle books. The market has numerous such books for kids. This will ,for sure, help the child in their vocabulary.
There are numerous sets of puzzles based on word games and sets that can be bought from the market. Get some of these that will help your kid enhance his knowledge.
Language is the most important criteria that has to be fulfilled in each department. Help your kid to develop his/her vocabulary. Make their basics crystal clear so that they do not face any problems in the long run.