8 Great Ways to Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary with a Vocabulary Tutor

8 Great Ways to Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary with a Vocabulary Tutor

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 from a vocabulary tutor.

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.

8 Great Ways to increase vocabulary

1.  Travel

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.

Highly Effective Readers Figure out Meanings of New and Unknown Words

Highly Effective Readers Figure out Meanings of New and Unknown Words

Well, it is that time of year again.  My kids are off to school, and I am excited to begin writing a brand new book.  I will be creating the book through this blog, and you will have free access to all of it’s content here.  This book/blog series is called Seven Habits of Highly Effective Readers and will give you information on what you can do to create an avid reader.


You can just tell when a highly effective reader does not know the meaning of a word.  They have developed strategies to figure them out.  If they are reading with an adult, they may just ask what that word means.   As I was reading the book Slime Wars by Debbie Dadey with my daughter Katelyn, she said, "What does tarred Image 10-22-13 at 10.29 AMmean?"  She had never heard of that term before, but the best part was she didn't just keep reading.  She had the desire to know the meaning of the word.    This is what highly effective readers do.

You might be thinking, yah when kids don't know the meaning they ask.  Well kids who are not effective readers have not developed the skill to always ask.   In fact, they will just keep reading and miss part of the humor of the book.  When I asked Katelyn what her favorite part of the book was, she had mentioned when the girls were tarred and feathered with honey.  She never would have had the opportunity to fall in love with that part if the meaning of tarred had just passed her by.

Another way that kids are able to figure out meanings of new words is through context.  They are able to read all of the words around it to see if they can figure out the meaning on their own.  If they can, they keep on reading.  However, there are times when they can't, and they need to utilize other tricks.

Here are some of the other tricks that they can utilize.

1.  Go to google and type "define tarred and feathered".  Yes, you can type phrases for a definition.  This is very helpful.

2.  Click on the down arrow to see synonyms and antonyms.

3.  Click on images to be able to actually see what it looks like if you would like.

4.  Look it up the traditional way in a physical dictionary or on an iPad.

5.  Look for prefixes and suffixes to see if you can gather meaning clues.

6. Keep a notebook of all the new words that you see and write down their definitions and the context you found it.

Kids who are not highly effective will just skip the word, and this is going to impede their comprehension.  Kids need to be able to widen their vocabularies on a daily basis so that they can expand their word knowledge.  The larger their word knowledge, the more they will understand when they come to new texts with those words in it.

Our language can be complex, especially when you take into account the multiple meanings of words.  Not only that, but words also have connotations, and different feelings associated with them.  Talking about words with all readers can only help them to become the most highly effective readers that they possibly can be.

What do you do to promote learning new words with your readers?