Reading and talking with your children are two excellent ways of helping them read and learn new words. Questions and conversations about catchy words and phrases are simple, harmless ways to introduce new words into their vocabularies and help them express themselves a lot better. To help you get started, these ideas might be of great assistance.
All parents want what’s their best for their kids. They want them to do great in school, and one excellent way to help them out is through building their vocabulary at home. Newbie readers make use of their general knowledge about a certain word to help them put it into context. The more words kids understand, the easier it will be for them to understand the actually meaning of those words when reading. It is important talk to your little ones as often as possible; have conversations with them by asking them questions about words they can’t explain. Be supportive and understanding, and keep the following tips in mind when reading together:
- Offer simple explanations to kids when they ask about the meaning of a new word
- Give an example that can make sense to them. Craft a kid-friendly sentence that can make sense to them, and make sure they can use it.
- Encourage your child to come up with their own example
- Keep new words active and present around the house
As a parent, you have to be persistent
Parents can greatly help their kids read better and improve their vocabularies with books. However, they have to be persistent without looking that they’re forcing their little ones to read. Use fun ways to teach your kids new words, and make reading an interactive, fun activity. For example, you can create new songs that you can sing together. Add new verses (including new words as well) to your work of art daily, and make sure your kids can relate to what you’re singing. Describe a daily schedule or routine, and make this whole activity seem entertaining.
Reading books together is yet another great way of enriching your kids’ vocabulary. To make the storytelling experience feel more alive, use plush toys and create live scenes from the book. Then ask the kids to take action – use their imagination to portray a scene, for example. Keeping a notebook with new words is a great way of tracking progress; place it on their nightstand and revise the words before bedtime. The next day, introduce new words, and so on. Practice makes perfect!
Broad games, video games & ebooks
Both conventional and online games are excellent at building your child’s vocabulary. Rather than keep tablets, smartphones and iPads away from toddlers, why not put them to good use? There are lots of apps and games you can download to help enrich their vocabulary and help them learn to read faster. “Catch a Fish”, “Wordmaker”, and “Hanging Monkeys” are great options. They’re extremely fun and interactive!
Ebooks for kids can have tremendous value. Since most toddlers love technology, parents should definitely support them and use smart devices to their advantage. Most of today’s ebooks for kids provide colorful images kids can use to imagine what they’re reading and even understand words that are difficult to grasp. Highlighting unknown words is a great way of helping them remember them; an ebook is fun to use and extremely catchy. The colorful pages, nice background and even music attached to a book can help a child understand the story a lot better.
Building and improving your child’s vocabulary is fundamental if you want them to enjoy reading. However, don’t turn this activity into a chore. Make it fun, enjoyable and attractive with games, books, ebooks, and examples that your kids can easily understand. Be an example for your toddler and enjoy reading too. Allow them to sit by your side, admiring you turning the pages, and if they have any questions you should answer. Read aloud to them and with them; let them pronounce the words on their own and try to have patience. Before you know it your child will become the most avid little reader!