When you add new words and information as you talk to children, you are developing their vocabulary and background knowledge. Reading picture and nonfiction books is a great way to introduce new or unfamiliar words.
–Tip by Dana Folkerts, Assistant Head of Youth Services
Most children enjoy playing with dirt, sand, mud, water, and other materials with different textures, sounds, and smells. Such play develops the senses. Ask your child questions about what he or she is doing? How does it feel? What does she smell? What sounds can he make? This will improve your child’s narrative and vocabulary skills.
–Tip by Keary Bramwell, Youth Collection Librarian
Singing helps children learn to follow directions. It is also a good way to learn new vocabulary because singing slows down the words, which makes them easier for your child to understand. Try singing along to this fun, monster themed story If You’re a Monster and You Know Itby Rebecca Emberley.
Nonfiction (or true) books are a great way to introduce unfamiliar words to children, thus increasing their vocabulary. These books often use different words than picture books. There are nonfiction books on hundreds of topics and at varying reading levels, so let your child choose a few that interest her and will keep her excited about books. Even just looking at the pictures and talking about what you see will benefit your child’s growing vocabulary. Ask a Youth staff member to help find nonfiction books the next time you’re at the Library!
–Tip by Dana F., Youth Services Assistant Department Head
You can use books to help expand your child’s vocabulary. Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood has many descriptive words that your child may not have heard before. You can help your child understand the meaning by looking at the pictures as well as the word’s opposite. You don’t need to stop to explain all of the words, but you may discuss a few of them as you read by giving examples of similar words or studying the pictures for clues about the word’s meaning.