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How can I help my child develop a wide vocabulary?

Children learn by listening to the world around them. If you want your child to have a larger vocabulary, it’s important that they hear a lot of words. Talking to your child constantly contributes to a rich and abundant vocabulary.

When you read to your child, take the time to stop and talk about some of the words in the story. Many times, we take for granted that the child understands all the words. A good way to make sure they do is to ask your child if they know what the word means and have a discussion about it.

When you go somewhere special with your child, let him bring back a memento. Then, have a show and tell in front of the entire family. Let your child show off his treasure and talk about what he learned when he went to the place it came from.

Always point out things and name them. Even if you think the words are too advanced for your child. A young child’s mind is like a sponge and they will remember some of the larger words easier than some of the little words.

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Sometime around the age of four, your child will begin to take an interest in his name. This is because he is starting to learn letters and can recognise those letters that belong in his name.
Get your child’s attention immediately by whispering to him - this let’s your child think that something fantastic is about to happen!
Most four year old children are just beginning to understand the concept that letters make words, and words tell a story.
At four years of age, most children are just beginning to understand the concept that letters make words, and words tell a story.
You will find that your child is a very willing little helper at this age. Let him help you with anything that you feel he is capable of doing - all these things will help to teach him responsibility.
A typical 4 year old child is usually able to count up to ten or more
At 4 years of age, a child’s learning method is very visual.
By three years old, your child is more aware of colours, and with a little help, he or she should be able to tell them apart, and name them, soon.
A typical 3 year old can hold up the correct number of fingers when they are asked how old they are.
Even though it’s too early for your three year old to learn how to read, you can help kick start the process with a few easy tips.

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