With our “I Am My Child’s First Teacher” video series, we hope to help parents and educators develop a greater understanding of children’s needs in their formative years. Did you know that young children listen a lot? And as they listen, they’re growing their vocabulary. The ability to understand verbal communications is key to child’s future success in school.  

I Am My Child’s First Teacher – Growing Their Vocabulary:  

Explaining why you do things  

Young children are like sponges, so it’s important to immerse them in language from the start. One of the biggest factors that influence your child’s vocabulary is the quality of parent-child interactions. It is vital to talk to your child and expose them to different words. If you take the time to name objects and introduce words that explain emotions, the more words they understand, the more they will be able to use.   

Get descriptive   

When it comes to increasing your little one’s vocabulary, more is better. The more words that your child hears on a daily basis, the more they’ll learn and absorb to eventually use themselves. Try using a variety of descriptive words in everyday conversation. For example, if they ask you for their doll, get specific with words like, “The doll with the brown hair and green dress?” This can encourage your child to use as many describing words as they can.   

Play word games  

Making language-learning a part of games can be useful as it makes learning interactive and fun. There are plenty of toys and games on the market that teach kids about words, how to spell, what words mean, and how to read. You can also play games at home or in the car with your little one. Try playing rhyming games where you give your child a word, and they have to rhyme it. You can also play a twist on the game I Spy and ask your child to provide you with a word that starts with the letter C and rhymes with the word hat. The possibilities are endless!  

Read together  

The key to an extensive vocabulary is a love of reading. It is crucial to make reading a routine for your child and regularly read every day. Keep reading aloud to your child, even once they’re are able to read to themselves independently. Choosing books that are too difficult for them to read themselves will allow your child to grow their vocabulary. Also, be sure to read all different types of books, not just schoolbooks! Try to recognize your child’s interest and find books that relate to them, as this will encourage them to read purely for enjoyment. 

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