Learning New Words

Around the age of 3 or 4 the brainbox of your little ‘un reaches a state where it will hungrily strive for information. Of course, your task is to filter the incoming stream of information thus I’d hide that Penguin’s Slang Thesaurus if you don’t want to wake up to that juicy buzz-word.

Reading books is a great way to enrich a child’s vocabulary. If he’s reading fluently enough, it means he has already mastered the visual memory, which makes assimilating new words much easier.

A great little method is to play with unknown words on the go, as you do one-to-one reading. This way you give your child an assistance immediately. Otherwise, if you just let him go on with silent reading he might keep wondering about what this or that word means or develop wrong pronounciation.

A good idea is to write down all the new unknown words in a notebook as you read. Then you can also ask the child to illustrate the new word – thus it will become easier to memorize.

Once your child doesn’t struggle with reading simple texts in his native tongue, you may consider giving him some basics of a foreign language. The official opinion splits over this issue but my own personal feeling is that learning foreign languages improves the intellect and the earlier you start, the easier it is to master a new language. But hey, it’s up to you.

 

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