If you want a surefire way to enhance your child’s educational success, then you will want to expand your child’s vocabulary. Research has shown that children who
have large vocabularies are the most academically successful people. Who wouldn’t want that for their children? Right?
We are going to take a look at the most successful vocabulary strategies that will skyrocket your child to success. Before we do that, let’s take a look at how children learn new words.
1. Incidental learning
2. Direct Instruction
3. Multiple exposures through experience
The first way that children learn vocabulary is through incidental learning. Just through being a human being on this earth we are learning new vocabulary words on a daily basis. These are words that we just pick up by accident. We don’t need to be taught these words.
The second way that we learn vocabulary is through direct instruction. This is where people take the time to explain a word, talk about words that have similar meanings, and sometimes we are then tested to see if learning of these words occurred.
The last way we learn new words are through multiple exposures through our experiences. The likelihood of us learning these words without the experiences would most likely not happen, so the experiences themselves help aid in learning the new words.
If learning new vocabulary is to happen, it is important that we use the words that we are learning. It takes between 7-10 exposures before we can actually learn a new word. As soon as the child begins using that word in their own conversations, they will be transferring that word from their short term memory to their long term memory.
Here is a list of some of the things that you can do with your child to improve her vocabulary.
2. Talk at the dinner table
3. Involve your children in your hobbies
4. Read books with your child
5. Sign your child up for a new class in your community
6. Involve your kids in sports
7. Turn off devices in your car once a week and read or talk
8. Get your child involved at your local library
To learn more about each of these different strategies watch the video of a Hangout I conducted below. We learn new vocabulary through conversations with others, so begin using some of these vocabulary strategies with your child to improve his/her vocabulary.