How to build your child’s vocabulary at home
Words are all around us. Even so, sometimes they can get away from us, unable to think of the perfect word, when it’s just on the tip of your tongue. Language struggles can impact a child’s wellbeing, so it’s important to lend a helping hand. Here are 7 easy ways to help build your child’s vocabulary at home.
1.Get started with games
Word games are a highly effective technique to help get your child started. Board games such as Scrabble or Bananagrams reinforce the fun element of learning and boost motivation & enthusiasm. You can even do word games together on the go, why not try association games on the way to school? This technique introduces your child to new words to become part of their everyday vocabulary.
Try reading a challenging book with along with your child. Leading the narration together supports your child’s confidence, especially when it comes to tricky words. During the week, if they find a tricky word in a book challenge each other to use that word as many times as possible in the week. Also, introducing a wide range of books into your child’s daily reading routine will show how language can be used in creative ways. You can even ask them to write their own version of a short story using certain words to help build up confidence.
3.Create a word wall
Think of a word wall like a massive mood board. It is usually a display board that is made up of different words, acting as a teaching tool to support vocabulary & writing skills. This can also be easy to create at home, ideally using any materials that can be moved easily (E.g. Sticky notes) are best as your child progresses through their language learning. This allows for an interactive experience that your child can customise and flex their creative thinking. Other benefits of using word walls include helping your child see patters and relationships between words, introducing high frequency words and acting as a reference during spelling & reading activities.
This is another highly visual aid to support your child’s growing vocabulary. A vocabulary pyramid contains different sections with the largest on the bottom and smallest on the top. You can create multiple vocabulary pyramids for different topics, for instance, lots of schools use vocabulary pyramids to teach VCOP (Vocabulary, Openers, Connectives and Punctation) to simplify writing for pupils. Additionally, these can be customised by your child to their liking, but they might need a hand filling in the sections.
5.Consistency is key
Reinforcing and repeating are crucial for words to be embedded in your child’s vocabulary. The main thing is not to rush, your child may need to hear a word 5-12 times to remember it consistently. Writing out the word several times can help as well.
6.Practice five minutes a day with Mirodo
Perfectly designed for Year 3-Year 6 learning and enrichment, Mirodo includes a plethora of features to engage your child’s word muscles. We recommend that children spend 20 minutes three times a week on their chosen topic for positive growth. Plenty of vocabulary question sets & exercises, stimulating video lessons, personalised rewards and more to support your child through every stage of learning. Sign up now for a free two-week trial, and see your child develop confidence and build their understanding.
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