As your child gets older, they will naturally start picking up more and more words and growing their vocabulary on their own.
However, there are things you can do as a parent to support, encourage and strengthen the building of their vocabulary.
Having a strong language ability is vital to every child’s development. It will help them to communicate and interact with the world around them, succeed in their schooling and deepen their relationships with others.
We look at some ways that you can assist your child in growing their vocabulary and deepening their understanding of language:
Children learn through repetition and by taking the time to engage them in prolonged conversations, they can really start to strengthen and develop their vocabulary skills.
Ensure that you take a decent amount of time to talk about certain events or things, as the quantity of conversation is important here. Longer lasting conversations and back-and-forth exchanges are essential for brain development, so it’s important that you take the time to talk.
Every parent should read with their children.
Reading together or being read to can help strengthen the bond between parent and child, provide opportunities to name animals, objects and places and can open the door to a wide range of new vocabulary.
Seeing things written down can help to distinguish a connection between spoken and written words.
By placing labels around your home on different objects, you can help foster this.
As they get older, you can start including adjectives, like ‘wooden door’ or ‘red plate’.
Engaging your child in imaginary play can help them expand their vocabulary by introducing them to different scenarios that they may not usually encounter.
For example, pretending they are the patient at a doctor will introduce them to a whole range of basic vocabulary relating to medicine that they may not have been exposed to.
This will help strengthen and mature their vocabulary in a range of different topics.
Considering much of their pre-school experience will be spent at daycare, it’s important to choose a childcare that understands the developmental needs of your child, nurtures them and helps them grow.
At Cubby Care, we ensure our children receive all of the care, attention and opportunities they need to develop the skills essential to their learning and growth.