Vocabulary is essential for anyone, words are needed to speak but above all, to understand the meaning of sentences or a context. In today’s classrooms, reading comprehension levels help teachers separate “passive” or non-expert readers from “active” or expert readers.
High levels of reading comprehension are achieved when readers, students, or children ages 3 to 13 engage with books, textbooks, or material on the Internet. Children interact with what they are reading, leading to a higher rate of comprehension through an internal dialogue with themselves.
READING SHOULD NOT BE AN IMPOSITION
For reading to be effective, it is essential that children do not feel that reading is a punishment or an imposition, because in this case it would only make them have a certain aversion to reading. Reading should feel like a leisure activity, entertainment, and never an obligation. The daily reading routine should be made a moment of enjoyment for the child.
This is achieved by allowing the child to read books according to their interests in their free time. Only in this way will children learn much more vocabulary since in this way, they will be fully involved in reading and will be interested in understanding what they are reading, because they want to do it themselves!
WHY IS A DIVERSE VOCABULARY IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN?
A diverse vocabulary is important to everyone, not just children. A broader and more diverse vocabulary increases understanding of world events, foreign languages and reading materials that we encounter in real life or on the Internet.
A diverse vocabulary is also required to decipher political, scientific, or medical information. Children with a good vocabulary will naturally excel in many areas of life over those without. By increasing your child’s reading comprehension and vocabulary, you are giving him a huge advantage in life.
HOW CAN YOU BUILD YOUR CHILD’S DIVERSE VOCABULARY?
You can improve your children’s reading comprehension and vocabulary by asking them questions when they are reading and answering the questions they ask. Encourage them to use context clues and inferences to figure out the plot and even guess what might happen. It is always important to have a dictionary ready to look up unfamiliar words and even to ask them to bring a notebook written with new words and their definitions when they find them while reading.
One idea is to receive individualized attention when children have comprehension problems and to implement a personalized reading program. In this way, you can work on your strengths and give your child greater confidence in his reading. Children will learn to have a good relationship with reading and this will go with them for the rest of their lives. Reading and understanding is essential to be successful in life, reading is the foundation of academic strengths !
WHAT CAN YOUR CHILD GET FROM A DIVERSE VOCABULARY?
All children deserve to be successful and enjoy reading, no matter the environment. With a diverse vocabulary, your child will gain:
- Greater concentration and concentration
- Improved reading comprehension
- Better self-concept of himself
- Easier to cope with academic and social tasks
Therefore, your child’s success, happiness, and confidence are priceless, and you need to work every day to help him or her achieve it. Your child will be eternally grateful for this!