Increasing vocabulary makes a huge difference in the type of life your child will have. Reinforcing vocabulary in the home is relatively simple. It can be done by playing vocabulary word games or just using unfamiliar words on a regular basis. These ideas for reinforcing vocabulary word skills in the home can be fun as well as educational.
Post kids vocabulary word lists on the fridge
Reinforcing kids school vocabulary words in the home can become a family challenge. Make a game of using the words as much as possible during the week or month they are posted. Challenge family members to find interesting ways to use the words. Your child will get a practical definition of their vocabulary words by reinforcing them in real life.
Play scrabble with a dictionary
Each time someone uses a word, it gets a look up and a definition read. My Mom has a huge vocabulary. Words just come naturally to her. I learned a lot by looking up the words she used in scrabble when I was a kid. My teachers were always impressed with my high vocabulary scores. Reinforcing vocabulary words through games at home really works.
Crossword puzzles reinforce vocabulary words
Crossword puzzles are excellent home venues for reinforcing vocabulary words. They contain both the word and the meaning. Get children involved in crossword puzzles by reading them the clues. Have them guess the answer. Pretend you’ve forgotten the word and need their help. They will become proud of their vocabulary skills and start reinforcing them on their own by doing crossword puzzles.
It boggles the mind
Boggle is another great word game for reinforcing kids vocabulary words at home. What’s the nice thing about games like this? Kids have fun and learn at the same time. They don’t even think of it as learning. Reinforce vocabulary words with a toss of the dice. Use unfamiliar words on your turn if possible. Natural curiosity will have kids looking them up, reinforcing their vocabulary.
The word of the day game
Choose a random word from the home dictionary each day. Learn the meaning. Use the word all day long, whenever possible. This little game works on reinforcing the vocabulary of the entire family. Just because you’re not in school any more, doesn’t mean you should stop learning. Remember, example is the best teacher there is for reinforcing any type of skill.
Make your own word games
Encourage children to make their own home made crossword puzzles, word searches and other word games. Challenge them to make a puzzle you cannot solve. They will have to look up many vocabulary words and their meaning to do this. Activities such as this go about reinforcing vocabulary words and give children a sense of accomplishment as well.
Reading and writing at home
It goes without saying that reading and writing away from the school environment reinforces vocabulary words. Using reading and writing as recreational activities encourages kids to have fun with words. Why learn anything if it isn’t enjoyable? Parents who read and write as recreation encourage kids to do the same by example. Teaching kids a love of reading and writing in the home reinforces a good vocabulary at school.
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