I heard an interesting comment on the John Tesh Show the other day……..a child’s vocabulary, when they enter kindergarten, is an indicator of how well they will succeed in school.
Simply said, this means children need experiences to introduce them to new objects or situations. Seeing something, attaching a name to it………this is what increases a child’s vocabulary.
I’ve used several methods to teach Korean students English vocabulary. They’ve enjoyed pictures in books and I Spy games but the vocabulary they learned the fastest, understood and remembered were the objects they could touch.
“Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.”
Think about it…why does your child know and understand the word “toothbrush”? Right, they hold it, they use it and they understand its purpose. Help them attach more words to more objects outside of the house. Take them to a flea market to look for rotary phones, vinyl records, butter churns and other items from days gone by. Encourage them to ask questions about what they see. Let them explore.
Did I mention walking around a flea market is free? Free museums, free parks….free time to take your child out to explore the world around them.
Create memories. Help them succeed.
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