The collection of spoken words that a child understands is usually called his or her oral vocabulary. The larger a child’s oral vocabulary, the more words he or she will be able to read and understand.
There are many ways to increase a child’s oral vocabulary, and different children learn in different ways. The best way is just to talk together about the people and things that are in your child’s world. You can also build oral vocabulary when you share books, stories, songs and rhymes, and talk about the meanings of words. Games and puzzles can help, too.
The books and activities listed below are just a few examples of the different types of learning materials available at ABCmouse.com to help increase your child’s oral vocabulary. (Many of these books and activities also accomplish other important educational objectives.)
Along with these resources, ABCmouse.com offers an extensive glossary with definitions of more than five hundred words in child-friendly language, as well as illustrations and photographs that can help your child get a clear understanding of the meanings of the words.