A few months after a beautiful baby is born, parents begin to hear exciting sounds of joy and personal expression. A toddler’s use of words can be adorable and entertaining as your child learns to use new words and communicate. While it’s entertaining to watch a growing toddler use a variation of a word, as a child enters preschool the vocabulary is expected to increase. Better communication and increased vocabulary do not happen automatically. It requires intentional learning and an excellent curriculum in childcare, daycare, or preschool. Parental supportis also beneficial. Learning happens in a balanced, loving, and nurturing environment.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we understand every stage of learning. Our curriculum is designed to help your child develop through our infant, and toddler programs, to our preschool, pre-k, and after school programs. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, children enjoy lessons designed to increase vocabulary, build better communication, and much more!
We understand the commitment of our parents to complement the learning experience at home. Here are some helpful ways to build your child’s vocabulary through everyday activities at home.
Be a careful listener. It may take time for your child to express himself. Listen carefully and allow your child to take the needed time to communicate.
When speaking to your child, use real words. It may be fun to use “play words,” but as your child learns and grows, take the opportunity to use real words for your child to repeat and understand. While some “play words” are cute, they can be confusing and stifle vocabulary.
Ask plenty of probing questions. Your questions will create opportunities for your child to think, reason, and express himself better.
Encourage your child regularly. Always look for opportunities to affirm and encourage your child. Respond with care and thoughtfulness as your child learns to express thoughts and feelings.
Keep your baby talking and making sounds. Your baby is growing and developing in many ways. Engaging activities, talking, and fun interactions are ways your child learns and develops. Even though your baby may not understand your words, he will recognize your voice and body language.
Read to your child regularly. Choose a fun book appropriate for your child’s age and read regularly. Your child will begin to recognize and repeat words. Also, discuss what the words mean.