Join me in this article to understand some simple steps that will help you to improve your kid’s communication and vocabulary skills. This article will be a tool for you to understand and learn your kids’ needs. But it is as important as ever for you to start listening to your kids’ needs. The way your kids speak and listen plays a major role in deciding your kids’ success be it in personal or professional life from an early age.
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Communicating with our kids is the happiest and most rewarding part of parenting. Kids can learn not only through daily interactions and experiences, but they also need to absorb information from other people such as family members, friends, other kids, and so on. In between the ages of 3 and 6, a lot of kids enter preschool or kindergarten programs. In those environments language skills is one of the important parts of learning.
Let’s get into the basics of communication and vocabulary formation for kids:
Communicate with your kids:
As your kids engage in more interactive conversation and play, they learn. Reading books, singing, playing word games, and talking to kids will increase their vocabulary while at the same time increasing their chances of developing listening ability. This is not only limited to scholarly books or some storybooks but also you start narrating your own life stories. The process of listening to someone else’s life story is such an important role. It is said that it is highly understated in this age. Kids can and will only look into the stories from what they hear. And not from their own mind.
Here are some ways to enhance your kid’s communication skills:
- You can talk about the day’s activities.
- You can talk to your kids about the books or the story that you read together.
- Talk to your kids about the TV shows and videos you watch together. Learn more about how technology can affect learning here.
- kids need to access books, magazines, and other reading materials without assistance that will create to help you kids create their own such as “This Is Our Family” or “This is Me” album with photos or memorabilia.
Vocabulary and communication forms
- As kids acquire language skills so that they can develop conversational skills.
- In between the ages of 4 and 5 years, kids can follow more complex instructions. And also they can talk more enthusiastically about the things they do.
- They can create stories, listen to stories carefully and retell stories.
- At the same age, every kid in the family can understand the words, letters, symbols, and numbers of real things. And they can be used to tell stories or talking with more enthusiasm.
1. Create a speaking and listening environment:
Every kid should need a quiet and easily attachable environment where adults can learn and listen. So, Set aside time during the day, do this without background noise. And always do this while engaging in a specific activity with your kids. The activities may include playing, reading, doing homework, etc with your kids.
I’m not saying you need to turn off your Television always. However, research shows that kids can learn by watching TV. But the benefits are often overlooked by the limitations.
2. The more feedback, the fewer question
Adults are naturally interested in guiding conversations and testing kids’ knowledge. However, research shows that parents often use research and editing statements. For example, questions and command presentations that are related to delays in kids’ language development. Yes, we all naturally ask a question but if it is often for kids means it can have a negative effect also. However, you can ask feedback to your kids about the stores or whatever it is, it is just for interaction purposes.
3. Use open-ended questions
One of the Research on the use of open-ended questions with school kids such as,
What can we do ….?,
Can you find a way …..?
What is the capital of France?
Compared to such closed questions, they can support learning and develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills. An example to try at home is wrapping a gift and putting a large presence on a small piece of paper and saying, ‘It doesn’t work. What can we do instead?’ then kids can think themselves and do or say something with own way.
4. Give time to answer a question for kids:
Everyone knows that the kids need extra time to understand a question. They also need to think about their answer so in that time you can do some help. However, you can also do a counter from 1 to 10, and then you can wait for your kid’s answers. Then kids can give you fast, clear answers. But, do not do this often as it may create frustration in kids’ minds. These are some of the diminishing returns as you’re doing a competition with them.
5. Enjoy the words:
- Kids’ vocabulary is fundamental to their learning. Research shows that vocabulary levels at the age of five are associated with later successes, cognitive skills, and academic achievement. So, When you’re talking or reading with your kids, check word comprehension. What I would Suggest is to support them by teaching them words and pronouncitaion.
- It helps them learn and remember words. A perfect example would be the first sounds of a word, then rhyming words, followed by numbers.
- Think of your kids as a complete communication partner
- This can be tricky to balance. They need to talk to them like adults but remember that they are kids.
- Talking to them like an adult does not mean using adult vocabulary, humor, or information they do not understand.
- It’s about taking turns, using eye contact, and appreciating what they say.
- As for the younger kids, they will say something you do not understand. Make sure they know what they are talking about.
Be a good role model:
I’m not talking about a good “role model”, although you should be too, I’m a good talking model.
If you want your kids to develop strong speech and language skills, you need to show that you have talent.
A good rule of thumb for how to improve communication skills is to talk a little above your kid’s level.
In that way, they will be extended to the extent of developing their skills. Anyway, I hope you got an idea about how to improve your kid’s communication and vocabulary skills, thanks for reading this blog, thank you bye-bye!