Why Is It Important For Preschooler To Build Their Vocabulary?

The ages between three and five are important ages when it comes to getting ready to go to school. Hence, the term we use for the age group is preschooler. Getting ready for school means being able to communicate with other people. If your child is still using simple terms and baby talk all of the time they will be behind the rest of their class. But if your child not only has an established vocabulary, but is used to the habit of learning new words, they will be prepared to take on new tasks and develop relationships with people like their teachers at school.

How Do Parents Help My Preschooler Build Their Vocabulary?

Parents are their child’s first teachers, so you are responsible for all their baby talk, LOL. But you are also responsible for their capabilities and you can build on your preschooler’s capabilities by recognizing that the time is come to truly build their vocabulary. Here are some parenting tips that I found help build vocabulary in children. Please share your tips and experiences in the comments area below.

Model speaking appropriate words, phrases and grammar. When your child uses baby talk, repeat what they are saying the correct way. Do not correct your child or make them repeat what you have said. This is an about letting your child know that they are wrong for speaking the way they are speaking. It’s all about you showing them the correct way to speak. They will pick it up on their own if you are consistent in speaking the correct way.

Reading, reading, reading! Reading to your child is one of the best ways to introduce them to new words. Think about it, each book is an entire new world with new situations and new things to think about. All these new things are named something. For instance, when you read Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack by Doreen Cronin to your child, they are introduced to ducks and cows on a farm. This is interesting to a child who lives in the city. But what is also interesting about the book is the typewriter. Our children grow up in a world where everything is electronic. Where in the world are they going to see a typewriter? How are they going to learn that word? By you reading the book to them, that’s how!

Be descriptive when talking to your child. Note the things around you and use appropriate adjectives to explain to your preschooler what they are. Don’t be afraid to use longer words, your preschooler will pick and choose which words they want to use and the other ones they will file away for later time. You’ll be surprised at how much they learn just by you making this one adjustment.

Don’t forget to use new verbs along with adjectives and new nouns. Often we continually point out new things to her preschoolers but forget the words that put sentences together. So when you are out and about with your preschooler and see people doing things, explain the verb and the action that they are doing. Talk in full phrases and sentences.

Label everything in their room and around your home. Use sticky notes and different colored markers. Ask your preschooler to name something in the room, if they are correct you write the word on the sticky note and asked them to stick the note on the object. Now if they make a mistake and say call the television a TV, introduce them to the word television by saying it and writing it down on a sticky note.

Engage your child in conversation. Let your child talk and use your active listening skills. This age can be really chatty, but that’s a good thing because that’s what they’re working on both social and emotional development and behavioral development. So teach them the back-and-forth of conversation and how to take turns picking topics to talk about while you’re building their vocabulary and you’ll take care of two birds with one stone.

What Happens If Your Preschooler Reverts Back To Baby Talk?

Preschoolers are at a tender age. The world around them is expanding and when things happen that they aren’t totally able to handle or control sometimes they take a step back to where they felt comfortable. For instance, when mom and dad are having another baby and they will be getting a new sibling or they’re going to a new babysitter or starting a new preschool. All of these things can make your preschooler a little nervous and have them revert back to their previous ways of speaking.

In order for your preschooler who is having this problem to move forward, you simply need to continue what you were doing before. It’ll take a little time but with your trusted guidance, they will be back on top with their vocabulary skills