To help your child develop her vocabulary, encourage her to:
Read a lot. The more she reads, the more new words she’ll encounter.
Examine the context of new words. See if she can tell what a new word means by the text around it.
Look up words she doesn’t know in the dictionary.
Keep a list of new words and their meanings in a special notebook.
Learn the roots of words. See how many words she can think of that contain the same root—for example, “predict,” “verdict,” “dictionary,” and “dictate,” for example.
Do word exchanges. Together, read over what she writes. Then have her see how many words she can replace without changing the meaning.
Regularly use a thesaurus. Find synonyms for words she uses often.
Play word games like Scrabble and Mad Libs.
Do crosswords and other word puzzles.
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