For Parents

For Parents

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Recent research shows that vocabulary growth is largely determined by parental practices, particularly before the age of 7. (Biemiller, 2003)

Children mainly use words their parents and other adults use with them in conversations, and acquire larger vocabularies when their parents use more words. (Hant and Risley, 1995)

Let’s get our children word-confident!

How can we, as parents help improve children’s vocabulary?

Every child has different interests and strengths. Some children respond better to word games, whilst others are just as happy making most of the vocabulary books. Some children remember quicker with visual aids such as flashcards and word applications whilst other children just love being imaginative and want to use the words in their creative stories.

To help our children get more interested in building their vocabulary power, let us try a few tips and apply them to our activities and plays.

Use or make Flashcards – Use the existing ones or create your own flashcards with your children and talk to them about how the words are associated with the drawings or symbols in the flashcards. Why don’t we start with the words in My Dictionary and My Thesaurus!

Make use of the Key Words – Select the key words from My Dictionary and My Thesaurus and think of other words that are associated with the key words and expand!

Out and About – Take the children out and show them what the words mean in real life!

Repeat and Repeat – Repeat use of the new words in many different contexts in the daily conversations.

Exposure!!! – Get your children exposed to the world of vocabularies! Make use of multimedia (maybe dictionaries, word books, flashcards, CDs, DVDs, mobile applications, etc.). Expose the new words daily and get your children interested.

Revise the new words learnt from school at home to make the journey of learning vocabulary complete!