Improve Vocabulary For Kids
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I have loved reading since I was young. My mom was a voracious reader and she instilled that in my sister and I. now I rarely go anywhere without a book in my purse. If I get stuck at the doctor’s office or in the car pool lane, at least I have a good read to keep me busy.
My daughter is the same way. She always has her nose in a book. Being an avid reader, you are usually building your vocabulary at the same time. By doing this, you gain better communication skills and the ability to express your ideas and thoughts.
My son is not as big of a fan as reading as Caitlin and I. Getting him to do his vocabulary homework is like pulling teeth. To make it more fun, I have found a few tricks to get him to build his vocabulary skills
6 Fun Ways To Improve Vocabulary For Kids
Be A Good Role Model: Ever since the kids were little, we have communicated with the kids as if they were adults. By that, I mean, if we say a word we know they may not know the definition to, we will tell them what it means in terms they could understand. When they got older, we would send them to the dictionary to look up the unfamiliar words.
Find Synonyms and Antonyms: Another great way to build your child’s vocabulary is to find synonyms and antonyms. If you are talking about how big something is, ask the kids to tell you 2-3 words that mean big. To make it fun, make it a game. Kids love to play games!
Get Physical: As kids learn new words, get them to act out or draw a picture of the new word. This helps cement the meaning into their little brains!
Don’t Go Overboard: One sure-fire way to have your kid forget their newly learned words, is to teach them too many. Young brains can absorb a lot, but they will shut off when they are overwhelmed.
One Up Each Other: As kids get older, they will want to increase their vocabulary with harder words. Every Sunday, have a game at the dinner table with who can stump who. I know in our house, the kids are always looking for ways to show up their mom and dad!
Play Games: We love to play word games in our house. Scrabble is a huge favorite as well as Scattergories. One of our new favorites is UpWords, which we just received from Winning Moves.
I have been a huge fan of Winning Moves for many years now. In my recent post, Ideas To Connect With Your Family Without Breaking The Bank, I wrote about Boggle, another fun word game. You see, I am always looking for ways to improve kids vocabulary!
With UpWords, you can build words on top of words your fellow game players have created. We usually pit the boys against the girls, and so far, he score is tied 4 to 4. With Rack-O, you are in a race against time to get your cards in sequential order…another brain building habit!
Winning Moves Games was started in 1995, bringing together talents from such big wigs as Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers and they are also tight Hasbro, Inc. They are exclusive maker of the award-winning games from Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers. Winning Moves Games carries cards, to board games to puzzles.
What do you do at home to improve vocabulary for kids?
Here are some great games to help the kids work on their vocabulary and have fun doing it!
Winning Moves Games BIG BOGGLE, THE CLASSIC EDITIONWinning Moves Tile Lock ScrabbleWinning Moves RACK-O, Retro package Card GameWinning Moves Games Classic Upwords, The Classic 3-Dimensional Word Game (Colors May Vary)Winning Moves Games Scattergories Categories Board Game with Rainbow Dice PackEducational Insights Super Sleuth Vocabulary GameEducational Insights Blurt!Vocabulary Games & Activities That Boost Reading and Writing Skills: 20 Super-Fun Activities to Make Your Students’ Vocabularies Soar!
Kay saysOctober 14, 2015 at 3:50 pm
I never speak baby talk to any child. I don’t talk down to them either, I use the same language I’d use with adults. Kids are smarter than you might think and will learn vocabulary from just listening and trying to use words themselves. I keep a dictionary around all the time and whenever my kids ask me, “What’s that mean?” all I have to do is point to the Webster’s and off they go.
Deb E saysOctober 14, 2015 at 6:55 pm
Well I had flash cards growing up and they still come in handy when you don’t have access to the nice electronic learning games. I love the little packs you can stash in your purse or their backpack and they’ve saved many a long doctor wait. I like games like UpWords and Scrabble if I’m home though, but most everyone is on the go it seems so mobile seems to work better.
Sharon Kaminski saysOctober 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm
My favorite way is by having them read books.
CHRISTY SWEENEY saysOctober 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm
MY FAVE WAY TO IMPROVE VOCAB WHEN YOUNG IS SPELLING WITH BEADS THAT HAVE LETTERS ON THEM
Stacey C saysOctober 16, 2015 at 8:02 am
We play board games every week and I try to make sure that word games are in the rotation. We have Scrabble Junior and Boggle too, which are great games for kids and were always two of my favorites growing up. I try to read with my kids and make sure they are pronouncing words correctly as well. It’s easy for them to try to sound out a word and learn it in correctly.
sandra saysOctober 16, 2015 at 8:55 am
games and writing their spelling words multiples times
molli vandehey saysOctober 16, 2015 at 11:09 am
we sing a lot, and read signs and things in the street!
Laura Royal saysOctober 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm
I encourage them to read as often as they can.
Dorothy Boucher saysOctober 16, 2015 at 1:04 pm
We use flash cards, we also have words on paper that they can read and tag and item that matches it.
Denise L saysOctober 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm
Reading books to my kids is the best way to improve their vocabulary. If I get to a word they may not know I stop and we talk about it. Then I try to use the word a few times in the next few days.
Richard Hicks saysOctober 17, 2015 at 7:46 am
We sometimes play scrabble to help them
Cynthia C saysOctober 17, 2015 at 8:33 am
I always encourage reading to improve vocabulary.
Ann Fantom saysOctober 17, 2015 at 9:00 am
I build up my daughter’s vocabulary by discussing words she hears in her movies
Tandi Cortez-Rios saysOctober 18, 2015 at 2:52 am
I like having my kids read to me to practice their vocabulary.
Julie Waldron saysOctober 18, 2015 at 4:29 pm
By reading books & talking a lot.
Miranda Sherman saysOctober 18, 2015 at 6:48 pm
We do a lot of reading to and wit our kids.
Monique Rizzo saysOctober 18, 2015 at 9:15 pm
We do flashcards to help them! Thank you for the chance
Brittney House saysOctober 19, 2015 at 12:03 am
We practice reading and writing together.
Preston Chapman saysOctober 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm
By teaching them great reading skills.
Aqdas Ahmed saysOctober 19, 2015 at 11:32 pm
My favorite way to help my children build vocabulary is by reading and engaging in story-telling.
Jonathan Gordon saysOctober 20, 2015 at 4:39 am
Speaking with us and reading books.
Karen saysOctober 20, 2015 at 10:16 am
Reading, and playing word games. Scrabble is a good board game, but there are several free apps that help as well.
Heather Poindexter saysOctober 20, 2015 at 7:10 pm
Flash Cards & lots of reading seems to work.
denise low saysOctober 21, 2015 at 7:55 pm
We like reading with the grandkids. They seem to enjoy this
tara darity saysOctober 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm
We read a lot of books! And practice spelling and sounds!
Melissa robinson saysOctober 22, 2015 at 8:25 pm
Reading is the best way. The more you read with them the more they learn
June S. saysOctober 22, 2015 at 10:29 pm
We help with my grandsons vocabulary by reading books to him all the time, he loves it too!
Lana Bradstream saysOctober 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm
We do a lot of reading
heather eg kaufman saysOctober 23, 2015 at 3:03 pm
We read lots of books to them.
Rosanne saysOctober 23, 2015 at 6:26 pm
I speak to them in words that are more advanced
Kristy Wolfgang saysOctober 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm
Don’t use baby talk and find ways to make learning fun!
Marnie G (Derrick Todd) saysOctober 24, 2015 at 10:47 pm
I always think reading helps iprove and increase their vocabulary.
Carol Nine saysOctober 25, 2015 at 10:27 am
Reading is my favorite way to help kids build their vocabulary, along with work games.
Michelle Boor saysOctober 25, 2015 at 8:08 pm
Have them read the pamphlets when we are out and about thanks for the chance
amber cheras saysOctober 26, 2015 at 12:42 am
by playing board games like scrabble and using flash cards
nickie saysOctober 27, 2015 at 3:45 pm
We read a lot and make up stories together.
Laura saysOctober 27, 2015 at 5:38 pm
My nieces like playing games to improve their vocabulary.
Christian Alejandro saysOctober 27, 2015 at 5:47 pm
We, like Kay, also try to avoid talking gibberish to her. She’s learning longer words and like to repeat us.
Linda G. saysOctober 28, 2015 at 11:36 am
we read books together as one way and also play word games.
Deana Honeycutt saysOctober 29, 2015 at 10:27 am
Reading of course and we also have a new word a day game that we play.
Stephanie Liske saysOctober 30, 2015 at 6:23 pm
We speak to them using our vocabulary, and we are constantly increasing our vocabulary. This way they get exposed to it, and they ask when they don’t understand.
Dana Matthews saysNovember 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm
Reading…I read, she reads, we memorize! It’s all important!
karen mayernick saysNovember 1, 2015 at 8:33 pm
We do a lot of reading, sing alongs, and playing games! Thank you for the opportunity! This would be fantastic!
susan smoaks saysNovember 2, 2015 at 2:51 pm
we like to build vocabulary by doing a lot of talking and reading
Lesley F saysNovember 3, 2015 at 8:26 am
We like reading books
Marty C. saysNovember 3, 2015 at 1:52 pm
Talking to them — a LOT — and reading together.
Dierdra Byrd saysNovember 3, 2015 at 3:18 pm
I read books for my son,and encourage him to look up words he does not know.
Cami Valenzuela saysNovember 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm
We read daily. We have daily words that we use daily and write. And play games that encourage readibg, writing, and spelling.
Brandon Sparks saysNovember 3, 2015 at 5:52 pm
I play flash card word games with my kids.
kelley roach saysNovember 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm
we sing a lot, and read signs and things in the street!
MaryJo Tsitouris saysNovember 3, 2015 at 9:48 pm
I read to my son a lot so he can hear me pronounce words correctly.
Teresa Archer saysNovember 3, 2015 at 11:57 pm
Flashcards and games like Scrabble
Dawn Reid saysNovember 4, 2015 at 1:18 am
We do reading and writing for improvement
Christie saysNovember 4, 2015 at 11:37 am
We like to do pretend spelling bee’s at home.
Patricia Delgado saysNovember 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm
We love to make up stories and tell them to each other.
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Candie L saysNovember 4, 2015 at 9:10 pm
I really like to play and kick my kid’s tail in Scrabble (they are 13 and 15 so it is ok). Thank you
rajee saysNovember 4, 2015 at 9:51 pm
read books and paly creative toys
Michele Amos saysNovember 4, 2015 at 10:11 pm
just lots of reading