How to use daily activities to support your child’s learning #5
Verbal skills are very important to your child’s literacy development. Strong verbal skills lead to an easier acquisition of literacy skills. We all struggle to read a word we have never heard before, so the more extensive your child’s vocabulary is, the more success they will have when it comes to reading and writing words. Here are some tips on building your child’s vocabulary and developing their verbal skills.
- Any activity you do with your child, talk through what you are doing. If you are helping them get dressed, use language such as, “First we will put on your t-shirt, then we will put on your socks, pants, jumper.”
- If you are cooking, “We are going to chop up the vegetables, then we will cook them in the fry pan.”
Out and about:
- At the zoo, when you are looking at the different animals, use their proper names. Talk about their different features, “Look how tall the giraffe is. What colours is it? What is it eating? How many legs does it have?” This will help your child develop their vocabulary and practice their number skills!
- At the grocery store, while you are wondering through the fruit and veg section, name all of the things you see. “This is an apple, this is broccoli, cucumber, watermelon.”
It is also important to have a discussion when your child uses a generic term for an object. A good example of this is the word “truck.” Young children often use this term for any large motor vehicle. When they do this, make sure you tell them the more specific terms also, bus, bulldozer, fire engine, ambulance, etc.
These are activities you can work on with your child even as an infant. The more you talk with your child and name the things around you, the larger their vocabulary will become.