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The Connection Between Vocabulary and Child Development


When it comes to vocabulary, children need to begin developing it as early as possible. The reason is that reading and writing skills are not just being able to say or write a word. It is being able to comprehend it and apply it to conversations. Vocabulary is what drives a child’s development and cognitive understanding of grammar. Children with stronger vocabulary skills at a younger age are more likely to perform well in other subjects. This is especially the case with math and science. Overall, optimal reading and writing skills are directly correlated to a child’s overall success in school.

What should the size of your child’s vocabulary be at their age? Parents can ensure their child is on the right track with their development skills. To find out more about the connection between reading and writing skills and child development, check out our guide below.

How Does Vocabulary Impact A Young Learner?

A young learner’s vocabulary has a significant predictor of their future success. For example, studies found that children with a poor vocabulary are four or five times more likely to have difficulty with reading and writing. They may also be more prone to struggle with mental health issues. Here are the ways vocabulary helps aid in a child’s complete development:

  1. Helps In Language Development

From the moment your child is born, parents need to make it a priority to read out loud to their child. The reasoning is because this creates a long-lasting, positive influence on them. Reading out loud to your child helps them become exposed to communication skills. Then, as a child develops, reading to them daily helps their brain create connections between what is written and spoken. That ultimately helps expand the vocabulary process overall. Therefore, reading books to your child helps them pick up on language skills and associate imagery with words.

Reading and Writing Skills Are Lifelong Skills

2. Encourages Brain Development

Studies have found that reading well improves the brain. The American Academy of Pediatrics study determined that reading to a child of any age promotes brain development. The left part of the brain is especially developed. This area of the brain enables active learning and involves an understanding of words and their meaning. As a result, every time a child actively reads and writes, they are working towards building their vocabulary.

3. Promotes A Worldly Understanding 

There is a common misconception that reading is just related to the translation of the written word into a verbal form. Reading offers so much more than that. It allows an in-depth understanding of not only those words, but how to apply them to personal experiences. Vocabulary helps cultivate a lifelong appreciation for creativity and expression. Daily reading exposes children to a world beyond their comprehension. Expanding their mind creates a number of possibilities.

Build Up Vocabulary Skills For A Successful Future

GradePower Learning helps children become confident in their reading and writing skills for their future. Developing a comprehensive understanding of reading, writing, and spelling skills are critical for children at every age. Don’t neglect their vocabulary skills! If your child needs help with their English skills, sign up for our English tutoring programs today!

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