Vocabulary – Learning New Words
Vocabulary is knowing the names of things. Developing your child’s vocabulary plays an important part in learning how to read. The more words a child already knows, the better prepared he or she will be in sounding out and understanding what they are reading. Reading together helps to develop your child’s vocabulary because children’s books use about three times as many words as they will hear in everyday conversation.
- Using different words for objects when talking to your child can increase vocabulary even when he or she is very young. For example, if your child points and says “bird”, you could say, “Yes, it’s a bird called a blue jay!”
- After finishing a story with your child, pick out some of the words from the story and talk about what else they remind you of. What other animals would you find at the farm? What ingredients would you need to make cupcakes?
- Use unfamiliar words with your child and model what they mean. For example, in Goodnight Moon, whisper the word “whispering” and have your child say a quiet “hush.”