Updated: Nov 19, 2020
Vocabulary Building Tips: Did you know average English vocabulary for Indians is ~7000-8000 words and frequent usage is only ~1500-2000 words. Are you helping your child build vocabulary and learn English?
Vocabulary plays a significant role in English both spoken and written skills. It is a way to express yourself beautifully. It allows them to build rich representation of words. It helps in: ✍️ Writing
We at Atusy strongly understand the need of VOCABULARY BUILDING... For creating a stronger foundation to Learn English and get a command on Creative Writing. A good vocabulary with words is the most basic fundamental building block for children to learn English and to be able to express their emotions, have conversations and write creatively. It is important that the children know the meaning of the word, correct pronunciation and right usage in sentences.
Here are some tips for building a great vocabulary.
1. Make conversation a priority with positive reinforcement :The quality of parent-child interactions is one of the most influencing factor for vocabulary building, so it’s important to talk to your child and expose them to different words. Make a big deal to create an environment where vocabulary is praised and celebrated.
2. Drop Everything and Read : The key to a wide vocabulary is a love of reading. It’s important to make reading a routine, with a regular slot everyday. Recognize your child’s interests and find books that relate to them, as this will encourage them to read purely for enjoyment. Keep reading aloud to your child, even once they’re able to read independently. Kids love to hear stories and you can build their vocabulary by choosing books that would be too difficult for them to read themselves.
3. Annotate What You Learnt: It's amazing to label parts of the book and create drawings on post, as this will help your child learn to read new words in a form of pictorial representation. Children always have a bigger receptive vocabulary than expressive vocabulary, i.e., they understand more words than they’re able to use. So it's important not to oversimplify the way in which you talk to your child. Children need to be exposed to a word about 12 times to fully take it .
4. Play Word Games: From Pictionary to Scrabble, there’s a huge range of word games that will help your child learn new words. Making language-learning a part of games is really useful, as it makes it interactive and fun.
5.Family Time: Playing with your child is crucial for developing communication skills. Children learn to make new sounds, talk in full sentences, ask questions and understand how interactions work. Getting them to use a word in a spoken or written sentence will help them understand its meaning and context.
6. Write in a Journal or Secret Diary: Encourage your child to write for pleasure on any subject that enthuses them. Don’t correct their writing – in terms of grammar or spellings it effects the creativity of the child.
7. Creative Corner in The Room: Write each new word they learn on a strip of paper, and stick them on the wall in their bedroom. Also create a collection of related words: for example, adjectives, alternatives to ‘said,’ or nature words. There are some words which is overused by everyone so creating alternative word section would help in identifying and correcting them.
8. Word of the Day: Introducing a new word each day will boost your child’s vocabulary by 365 (or 366!) words every year, and is an activity that the whole family can get involved with. You could subscribe to our channel to get new words daily and each family member need to use the word in the conversation. Keep a score board for the family, it will be fun.
9. Use Thesaurus: Knowing how to use a thesaurus will increase your child’s vocabulary and improve the quality of their written work, so show them how to use it and encourage them to have it on hand when they’re writing. You could read through their writing with them, and get them to highlight words that they’ve overused so they can look up alternatives.
10. Consistency is the Key: Anything thing which is done everyday it becomes a habit and the brain subconsciously works in that particular manner. So if you just do one activity and you do it daily the child will have a great vocabulary.
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