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Increasing Your Child's Vocabulary

We all want our children to do well in school by getting good grades and ultimately we want them to succeed in life. How do you help them get there? Start with the basic yet fundamental areas of education like vocabulary. A child's vocabulary is one of the best predictors of success in school. The more words a child knows the more likely he will be able to understand other areas of education. Having a large vocabulary will help your child improve his speaking skills, allow him to communicate more effectively, and will help him score higher on important tests like the ACT and SAT tests in his future. Help prepare your children today for a brighter future. Try implementing some of the tips listed below and watch your child's vocabulary develop quicker than ever!

1.    Reading-The most effective way to help your child build a large vocabulary is to read to them. Read different styles of books by different authors so she encounters a variety of words and learns more. Ask her what words she did not understand and help her learn the meaning of them.

2.    Look up definitions- Always have a dictionary handy and refer your child to it so she will be able to know how to find the definition of a word when they do not understand it. Soon you will find your little scholar going to the dictionary herself!

3.    Word games- Children love anything to do with games. Learning does not have to be brutal or tedious. It can be fun! You can take normal board games like scrabble or charades and turn them into vocabulary fun!  Also, you can make flash cards with a word on the front and its definition on the back. Then as your child gets better at recognizing them start timing her and rewarding her for her success! Candy goes a long way when trying to motivate a child!

4.    Ask her teacher for tips- If you are at a loss as to how you should help your child learn, you can always ask her teachers. They were trained to understand children and their learning patterns so do not be hesitant to ask for help!

5.    Encouragement-Children love to hear how good they are doing, and they will be more motivated to keep going if they hear encouragement. Try not to tell her she is wrong and stop there. Encourage her to find the right answer for herself. This will instill important work ethic and self reliance in your child as well.

6.    Make everyday activities a learning experience- Create a habit of making trips to the zoo or even to the grocery store a learning experience. You can point out objects, colors, animals, etc. and give your children something to think about while going on errands with you or enjoying family activities.

7.    Learning while donating!- A great way to educate your children while teaching them the importance of charity is to log onto where they can work on their vocabulary. For each answer your child gets right, the website donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program, and that can add up quickly! Be careful though, all this learning and donating can become addicting! FreeRice has generated enough rice to feed millions of people since it started in October 2007.