Worth Repeating: 5 Fun Ways To Build Your Child's Vocabulary During the Holidays
[Source: North Shore Pediatric Therapy]
During the holidays, children are off of school, families are spending time together, the weather is changing, and everyone is eating delicious food! Parents can use this time off as the perfect time to do vocabulary building activities.
- Make Lists: Creating a list of items can help increase your child’s vocabulary. If you create lists with your child of grocery items, gifts needed, or even locations, it can help to promote language development and thought organization. Children can begin to associate new words (e.g., stuffing, cranberries, gravy) with the holidays and may be more likely to use these words appropriately.
- Words in Context: Targeting and explaining new winter words in context can help to improve your child’s vocabulary. Saying things like, “look at thesnowman,” “the icicle is hanging from the tree,” or “look at those children sledding,” will reinforce the new words and encourage usage. When children use new words appropriately praise them, and if necessary model a different use.