Autumn can be a fun and convenient time to start working with your preschool age child on their vocabulary. There are a variety of ways to do this. It might be a bit confusing at first on which ways benefit young children the most. We’ve crafted a small but detailed list to take you through some of the top activities to teach vocabulary to preschool students.
Start Introducing New Words into the Conversation
Before we dig in, take a moment to remember one crucial thing: you’re one of the biggest influences for your child. This means you have a huge impact on everything they learn. With that in mind, try to introduce your child to new words that you know they have not heard yet. It’s best to find ways to do this as smoothly as possible, placing the words in normal conversations.
For example, since it’s autumn, you could do some fall activities with your child and talk about fall words. You could help your child rake leaves into a pile for jumping and explain what a leaf is, a rake’s purpose, or both. You could try to introduce more complex words this way too, by letting your child know that a rake is for “gardening”. We recommend doing it this way because young children already begin to derive meanings from context. Keep some of the words related to the context of your activities. This is to increase your child’s vocabulary in a more natural way.
Add New Concepts Too
Along with new words, don’t be afraid to try new concepts either. You can use the colors of the leaves for example. Explain that the brown leaves match your child’s brown jacket, thus they go together.