Research shows that the number of words used by a child is directly related to later academic success. So, having a broad vocabulary can help your little one be prepared for school and life in general! Around age two, children’s vocabulary expands significantly, reaching up to fifty or more words. Then, by age three, they have an active lexicon of three hundred or more words since, in average, a child has the capacity to acquire four to six words per day.
Want to help your daughter learn new words? Here’s a few things you can try in your daily interactions:
- Let her take the lead. When you’re interacting with her, first, observe what she’s doing and what she’s interested in. Then, wait for her to communicate with you and, finally, listen actively to what she’s saying. She’ll be more motivated to interact when she gets to start a conversation.
- Follow her lead. Once she’s communicated what she’s interested in, follow her lead and respond accordingly. Comment on what she has to say or join in on the fun yourself!
- Use gestures. Gestures are a great tool for learning new words. When you use them, it helps your daughter see and understand the meaning of certain words.
- Read. Reading books is a perfect way to expand her vocabulary. While you’re reading, make connections between what’s happening in the story and your child’s life. Also, after you’ve encountered a new word in a book, use it again during the day. That way, she will begin to remember it.
- Talk about abstract things. Talk to your toddler about her feelings, past experiences, or even imaginary things. Be creative and go beyond what’s right in front of your eyes.
With time and practice you’ll get to the point where you’ll want to slow your little chatterbox down for a bit. Never stop being amazed by her development!