Advanced Vocabulary in the Hands of a Child


The best part about teaching your child an advanced vocabulary, apart from the cognitive, emotional, and creative advantages, is the time spent in communication with your child as part of the process. And not only the quality time, but also the brain-boosting activities you get to do together while developing her appreciation and understanding of the power of words.

Fun, brain-boosting, vocabulary-building activities to do with your child

  • Read to and/or with your child every day.
  • Play singing and/or verbal word games, rhyming games, etc. (e.g. I-Spy, Down By The Bay, how many words can you list that start with the letter “__,” or that rhyme with “_______”?)
  • Instead of using passive learning materials, like flash cards and printables, enlist your child to help you make her own from time to time — she’ll remember the content of those exercises better!
  • Try to replace some of her apps with vocabulary ones that she’s into.
  • Use an effective reward system as positive reinforcement.
  • Be enthusiastic about language advancement and learn with your child like your fellow tuned in parents with Family Word Snacks.
  • And keep it real. You’re a parent, not a dictionary. Kids can spot a faker faster than you can Google the word they just asked you about.

Do you have more fun vocab-building activities you do with your child? Please share!

Thank you for being tuned in parents. I welcome your comments, suggestions, and parenting tips! There’s more for you, too, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

-Elle C.

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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