How can I improve my 13 year olds vocabulary?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

Improving a 13-year-old’s vocabulary can be a fun and rewarding task. Here are some strategies you can use to help your child expand their vocabulary:

1. Read together: Encourage your child to read a variety of books, magazines, and newspapers. Reading exposes them to different words and contexts, helping them develop a broader vocabulary. Discuss any unfamiliar words they come across and encourage them to look up definitions.

2. Play word games: Engage your child in word games like Scrabble, crossword puzzles, or word associations. These games not only improve vocabulary but also enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills. You can even create your own word games or riddles to make it more enjoyable.

3. Introduce idioms and phrases: Idioms and phrases are a great way to make language more colorful and expressive. Teach your child common idiomatic expressions and encourage them to use them in everyday conversations. For example, “it’s raining cats and dogs” or “don’t judge a book by its cover.”

4. Watch movies and TV shows: Watching movies and TV shows in English can expose your child to a variety of vocabulary in different contexts. Encourage them to pay attention to the dialogue and identify new words or phrases. You can even turn on subtitles to help them associate spoken words with their written form.

5. Encourage writing: Encourage your child to write regularly, whether it’s keeping a journal, writing stories, or even blogging. Writing helps reinforce vocabulary and improves their ability to express themselves effectively. Provide them with feedback and suggest alternative words or phrases to enhance their writing.

6. Use technology: Take advantage of technology to enhance vocabulary learning. There are various apps and online resources available that provide word games, vocabulary-building exercises, and even interactive flashcards. Make sure to balance screen time with other activities to maintain a healthy balance.

7. Create a word of the day: Introduce a “word of the day” concept where you and your child learn and use a new word each day. Write the word on a whiteboard or make flashcards to display around the house. Encourage your child to use the word in conversations throughout the day to reinforce its meaning and usage.

8. Make learning fun: Incorporate vocabulary-building into everyday activities. For example, during a walk, point out objects and describe them using different words. Play “I spy” and encourage your child to describe objects using specific adjectives. The key is to make learning enjoyable and engaging.

9. Collaborate with peers: Encourage your child to engage in group activities that involve discussions, debates, or presentations. Working with peers allows them to learn from others and exposes them to different perspectives and vocabulary usage.

10. Award points for spotting target words: Create a game where your child earns points for spotting target words outside of the classroom, such as on TV, in movies, books, or even on the internet. This adds an element of excitement and motivates them to actively seek out new vocabulary.

Remember, improving vocabulary takes time and practice. Be patient and provide plenty of opportunities for your child to use their newly acquired words. Celebrate their progress and make learning a collaborative and fun experience.