Preschoolers’ brains are like sponges, and one of the best things you can do for them is make efforts to help them build their vocabulary. Don’t worry — It isn’t as hard as you think!
Use your words
As a parent, your first reaction might be to immediately give your child what he or she wants, or to predict what they want before they say anything. You will help your child’s vocabulary and communication skills immensely by prompting them to ask for what they want instead of pointing or saying “that.” Always teach them the correct terms for things and encourage them to use descriptions of new objects they’re not sure how to label. Requiring them to use their words will help them practice words they know and even encourage them to pick up some new ones! As they grow out of infancy and toddlerhood, it’s an important skill for them to learn in using words to ask for things instead of using sounds, gestures, or crying. Telling children to “use your words” helps them to communicate with others.
Of course, in order to “use your words,” you first need to learn a few! Reading is a wonderful way to build anyone’s vocabulary. Try to pick books that have a wide range of topics that come with pictures. Don’t just breeze through the book. Ask your child what the name of the objects are and use reading as an opportunity to teach your child different words for the same thing. Even simple “Look and Find” books can go a great way in promoting vocabulary. Finding and naming objects in a picture helps children recognize familiar objects and learn about new ones.
Change your tone
Something that many people don’t realize they do when speaking to preschoolers is “baby talk.” Speaking to your children like they are responsive, understanding people instead of babies who don’t yet know words will change the way your children learn how to speak and see themselves. Don’t use certain words that they have outgrown, for example, like “booboo” for “hurt.”
Children are much smarter than many people expect, and treating them like the capable and learning people that they are is the best way to help them build their vocabularies.
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