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
- Use interesting words when you have conversations with your kids.
- Read to your children as often as possible and explain words that are interesting or new.
- When the kids are reading independently have them write down unfamiliar words.
- Have the kid start a word book.
- 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