10 – 12

Talk about words

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Talk about words

What to do with this activity?

Talk about words with your child, if a new word comes up in conversation or in a book or magazine. 

Explain what different words mean. When your child asks what a word means, give them hints first. Then they can try and work out what the word means by themselves.

If you don’t know what it means you can have fun finding out together – looking up the dictionary or internet. You might like to watch the short video here to brush up on how to use a dictionary. Or type the word into an online dictionary like Dictionary.com. Even if you spell the word wrongly, it will probably ask you "did you mean?" and find the word for you. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!

  • How can I do more?

    Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.

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