When your grandchild is experiencing something give them the words and phrases they can use to talk about it.
This way you are labelling their experiences and helping to build their vocabulary.
And the good news: This is much easier than it sounds.
Use the most appropriate words
Rather than dumb down your talk for your grandchildren, lift their experiences of conversation by using the most appropriate word for the occasion.
This way you are being a good example to follow.
You might be discussing a story you have shared together or planning what to have for lunch.
You may even just be getting help with your daily chores.
It doesn’t matter, choose words which are clear, age-appropriate and which relate exactly what you mean.
Use specific words for specific occasions
Let’s say you are in a garden or at the park with your grandchildren.
You see a beautiful flower bush a pair of birds bathing in a pond, and colorful children’s play equipment.
Here are three examples of how you can use better words to help build your grandchild’s vocabulary:
Good sentence – Look at those colorful flowers, aren’t they pretty?
Better sentence – Look at the daisies. What bright yellow centers they have!
Good sentence – Look at the birds on the pond.
Better sentence – Look at the ducks floating on their tummies in the pond. I wonder, where are their feet.
Good sentence – Do you want to play on the slide?
Better sentence – Do you want to swish quickly down the red slide?
Helping your grandchild to create a wide vocabulary will take a bit of effort from you as you stop and adjust the way you speak.
The benefits, however, will be immense in the years to come. And, what a great way to create a magical bond between yourself and your grandchild.