Rich Vocabulary | Vocabulary | Psychology & Cognitive Science

Speak to him what is happening. A good game is to take turns in nding words that start with the same letter: “My grandma’s cat eats melons and meatballs. Tomorrow we’ll both go again. in contrast. and -ful. Read to your child every single day Look for children’s stories lled with vivid language.A rich speaking vocabulary Words let us think. talk to him! To learn to speak the basics of a language before starting school is a fantastic achievement. Build on your child’s interests. Do you want to help me? Right. e activities and games in the activity cards will help develop their reading and speaking skills. leads to higher levels of reasoning and creativity and skill in communication – skills that are highly valued in later life.” Talk about the di erent colours and the di erent textures. using pre xes such as dis-. About 400 make up 65 per cent of the words that a child is likely to come across in children’s books. just 3. Although there are over 500. A poor vocabulary leads to a poor level of reasoning. when it is happening. ask her to bring you some potatoes and carrots. Talk. A rich vocabulary. en as soon as she knows the di erence. and this is your left. e brain stores information in groups of ideas. e more you link ideas together the more she will learn. So when you see a new subject – a dog or a ower – try to build on your child’s existing knowledge by talking about what you see. too. It is achieved largely through meaningful interaction between you and your child. re-. Here they are. create ideas and reason. Once a child has grasped the meaning of these pre xes and su xes. play lots of word games and tell silly stories to each other. try: “You went to grandma’s yesterday didn’t you? And I went.” .” Nursery rhymes are easy to remember. talk. You can also talk to her when she’s dressing: “Now I’m dressing you.000 words in the English language. And these are potatoes. let’s scrape some carrots. But don’t force this. mis-. thousands more come from them. Apart from the 3000 main words that make up our everyday vocabulary. Play word games As you drive around. Later you can talk about what you saw and discuss it again. Which is your left leg? Which is your right?” Positive encouragement If she says. e rhythm and rhyme in age-old stories – as well new stories such as Dr Seuss – give children wonderful opportunities for acquiring new vocabulary. Talk about what you’re doing “I’m going to make dinner now. “I goed to grandma’s. he’s well on the way to unlocking nearly all the secrets of the language’s vocabulary. and introduce your family to some of the classic literature from quite an early age. Instead.000 make up the great majority of the words we use in everyday conversation.” don’t tell her that it’s wrong. and su xes such as -ed. It all starts with a love of words. Remember this is your right leg.

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