A large vocabulary can turn your child into a better reader and writer. Try these everyday ways to help her learn new words.
Keep your ears open. When you and your youngster go places, point out word that people use. Maybe a waiter describes an entrée or a dentist talks about molars. Encourage your child to figure out what they mean by the way they’re used.
Go beyond nouns. Help your youngster add verbs and adjectives to her vocabulary. Sports and games offer opportunities to use action words. Let your child hear you comment on the softball that soars or the runner who sprints. When she sends thank-you notes or greeting cards, suggest descriptive words (a polka-dot shirt, a fantastic birthday).