The thread of words can cast a magic spell every time you use it wisely.
Doesn’t it happen that you find a visible repetition of words when your kid is attempting creative writing?
It can also happen while communicating in general or during a story narration.
Want to know what is the common roadblock to a fluent and vivid communication of your child in all these situations? Well, it is the lack of vocabulary or in simpler words, the inability to use the right word that just fits in and adds value to the sentence.
Working on strong vocabulary is very essential for kids right from the primary years itself, as this sets a strong foundation for future success in academic as well as non-academic challenges that require communicating well as a requisite.
A rich vocabulary also helps kids in making a better sense of the world around them, socialize better, and amplifies their ability to transform emotions and thoughts into viable content.
Unfortunately, the academic curricula are not enough to rely upon for building vocabulary. We suggest 5 super easy fun ways to improve vocabulary for kids while at home.
The Word Wall Game
Maintain a corner where you can hang on a blank full-size chart paper. It can be also a normal board that can be kept in the room.
Fill a jar with letter cubes (A-Z) or alphabet tiles. If you don’t have them, you can even make your own chits of alphabets and put them in the jar.
Ask the kid to pick an alphabet chit or tile randomly from the jar every day. The fun task is to find 5 new words starting from that letter and filling up the word wall every day!
Kids enjoy this game as they know that every day there will be a new challenge for them!
You can also level up the challenge by asking your kid to find words with the number of letters greater than their comfort level.
The Word Association Practice
Now, this is something that will not only help in vocabulary building but also help in bringing clarity in expressions and creative writing.
For example what word can you associate with a soft toy? May be adorable, stuffed, fluffy, companion, rumpled, mischievous, lovable, furry buddy, and many more. Such word associations go a long way in connecting every new word with meaning and visualization to your kid.
There can be many fun ways to practice word association.
Trick No: 1: Label 10 objects in a room with the help of sticky notes. When you are ready to start, set the timer of say 5 mins and ask your kid to pen down the label names and one word that comes to their mind they can associate with or describe further the object.
Trick No: 2: Play the game verbally. Tell one word and let them guess the associated word in the count of 1-10.
Trick No 3: This one is the reverse game. Pick a new word and ask them to keep on the desk 5 objects that they can associate with the new word or simply write 5 words that they can associate with the word. Example: Photosynthesis – a plant, a light source, water, food, a human.
The Synonym Chase
One ideal way to enrich vocabulary to exercise your brain in finding alternate words that can fit in place of the selected word.
Synonyms or similar meaning words are the perfect way to broaden the word options to be used for a particular purpose.
Circle new words on the page of any text. It can be a storybook, a newspaper article, or even a small passage from the school subject textbook. The task is to find the synonyms of the circled words and note them down in a self-maintained vocabulary diary.
It would be better if you stock in a Thesaurus, the dictionary of synonyms, and instill the healthy habit of using it on a regular basis for a noticeable difference in vocabulary.
This activity goes a long way in doubling the word power and communication fluency.
Remember not to force your kid to do it all every day, as it may hamper the general interest flow. Rather keep it like twice a week or simply on weekends with the number of new words not exceeding 10.
Online and Offline Fun Gaming
This method can come in handy when you want to optimize the screen time and make the best out of it! Luckily we are having a plethora of online word games, apps, and websites that cater to make vocabulary learning a fun activity.
Explore word games like crossword, word search, pick a word, guess the word, fun quizzes online, and make sure to reward every single big and small score.
Every tried an online thesaurus or dictionary? You certainly won’t regret pinning Dictionary.com to your kid’s gadget home screen as it promises – word of the day, word games and even writing activities to make vocabulary building meaningful and organized.
If you are someone who is not in favor of adding more minutes to the screen time, then nothing better than stocking board games that assure a gadget-free family time and learning. Scrabble, Upwards, Boggle and Taboo are a few to name the trending board games for kids you can definitely try!
Family Talks, Kids Learn
It won’t be fair to dump new words or some 20-30 spellings on your kid and assert them to learn them. As experts say, new words are learned not by rote learning but by learning them to use in sentences, find their connection to daily communication, and visualize associated words, adjectives, and descriptions.
What better medium than your daily dose of 15 min conversation where you allow your child to communicate freely with you and engage in the communication as a good listener too. A slow and patient conversation on a subject interesting to them can effortlessly ride them to pick better words to express.
Kids are pretty observant and they pick up the habit of using vivid words from how parents use them when they talk.
Fun activities like role play can also do the job, fairly well!
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