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Five ways to help your children build a robust vocabulary.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

My mother used to say that children are like sponges – they absorb everything they hear.

Last week, one of my first grade students gave an incredibly detailed answer using the most robust vocabulary that I have heard in a long time.  When I asked how he knew all of that interesting information, he looked at me in a puzzled way and responded “I don’t know – I just know it.”

What an amazing response to my question.  I immediately envisioned how many discussions, trips to the library, visits to museums, and on line research must occur with his family.

Words, written and spoken, are how we communicate.  Using a robust vocabulary enhances all of our communication skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Five quick ways to help your children build a robust vocabulary

  1. Use interesting words when you have conversations with your kids.
  2. Read to your children as often as possible and explain words that are interesting or new.
  3. When the kids are reading independently have them write down unfamiliar words.
  4. Have the kid start a word book.
  5. Challenge the kids to see how many times in a week they can use some of their new words.

We, at READS, would love to hear about the really robust words your kids discover.  Be sure to send us a tweet @READS_HH

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