Smart ways to increase your child's vocabulary
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Just like the word "ring" — it could apply to jewellery, the sound of the doorbell or a boxing ring. On the other hand, "wring" is also pronounced the same way but has a different meaning and spelling.
Discuss your routine and tell him about the activities that you did, the people you met and any funny things that happened.
By doing this, you will also encourage him to talk about his day.
Make new experiences
Remember not to be annoyed about answering even the silliest ones. His questions would progress to more intellectual ones in no time.
Expound and extend
For example, if he says, "I like cheese," tell him, "I love cheese, too, because it is delicious." Expand by stating the different types of cheeses as well.
Change it up
Explain to him that each word has corresponding synonyms and give lots of examples. Let him try looking for word substitutes on his own too.
Each time he hears a new word, he can just look it up in his dictionary.
Don’t forget to ask him about the spelling of the words too. Once he is ready, introduce tongue twisters as well.
Let him talk
Don’t forget to ask lots of open-ended questions including those that begin with "what," "why" or "how."
Skip the baby talk
Of course, you must use simple words but always in complete sentences. Instead of speaking in 2 to 3 words, your child will most likely be speaking in complete sentences in no time.
Read, read, read
Choose books that are interesting and slightly above his age level. If he constantly hears new words, he would ask about them and what they mean.
Encourage him to use the new words he has learned. Let him read the books himself too.
You will be surprised at how his reading skills have improved just by listening to you read aloud to him!