Question: We are working parents. What is the best way to help our preschoolers develop good vocabularies? - Vocabulary Builders
Answer: Fortunately, for working parents one of the best ways for parents to help their young children build their vocabularies is by talking to them at mealtimes. They hear a lot of rare words that they wouldn't learn in typical child-care situations and then have the opportunity to figure out what the words mean. For example, they might pick up such words as customer, salary and employee as you discuss your workday at the dinner table.
Another way for parents to build their children's vocabularies is by reading to them and stopping to discuss the story. Conversations that go beyond everyday events expand young children's vocabularies.