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When you teach vocabulary children make the best subjects!


It’s not at all hard to teach vocabulary to a child. When you set out to teach vocabulary children make the best subjects – it’s much easier for a child to pick up and remember new words than for an adult. It’s all about how the human mind is set up, and children’s minds are set up to naturally remember new things easily and well. So all you really need to do when you want to increase a child’s vocabulary is to simply create the right environment for learning the language.

Teaching vocabulary to children starts very early and continues all through childhood. Training begins with example. Ensure that the language you use around the house is clear, grammatical and precise. Children will emulate this language, and good language habits, instilled early, will last throughout life. The same goes for bad habits – a child who learns to use broken English or slang will be using it for the rest of his or her life.

When you teach vocabulary children respond, and another wonderful way to do this is to have wonderful family discussions at dinner time – don’t just sit around watching TV – that’s so unproductive. Instead, set up a rule that every member of the family should bring something interesting to talk about to the dinner table, and then the whole family can join in a discussion of each person’s thoughts and ideas. So what sort of topics would be acceptable. Well, it’s not really necessary to maintain a very high level of thoughts and ideas, though these could definitely be introduced sometimes.

But even simple events that are happening in the neighborhood or the country, or at school, for example, are perfectly good subjects of conversation for children and help to teach children vocabulary. Plans that the family may be making, perhaps for an extension of the home, or for a garden, or for a vacation, are all excellent subjects of conversation. Remember that the dinner table is a place for pleasant conversations, though – never use it as a place to criticize or chastise a child.

Now another habit that needs to be encouraged very young is the habit of reading. When you teach vocabulary children respond, but the best way to go about things is to get them to teach themselves. Reading should be inculcated even before a child learns to actually read, by buying them picture books. Spend time with a little one, showing them the pictures and telling them about the things in the pictures. This is how a child gets a command of the language and an interest in books. And if you inculcate an interest in books this young, it will last the child’s whole life long and will lead to an incredible command of the language and an excellent vocabulary. These are all little ways to go about it., but they lead to permanent and early advancement in a child’s command of the language.







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