Promote language: How to help your child find words

Anja is a diligent student. After school, she repeats what she has learned in class. Nevertheless, she keeps z. B. technical terms from the subject teaching not in memory. Instead of the term she speaks of the "thing" or describes it. Even in everyday life they often do not remember certain words. Speech therapists say that the "retrieval of words" is not always possible. How can you promote your child's language?

Playfully find words

Support your child with creative games so that they can gradually express themselves better. There are many opportunities to do so: while you go for a walk, in your car on your way to Grandma, or even as a small competition to go to bed.


Give your child a keyword, for example: B. Holidays or other times Christmas or post. Let it find as many words as you can about this bullet point. You or your child can even write down the words in a circle around the keyword. Encourage your child to make a little story out of it.

Who finds the fastest words?

Collect words that belong to a specific category with your child, such as For example: trees: spruce, fir, etc., or occupations: firefighter, baker, etc. In this exercise, your child must quickly find different words. The given category helps him.

Find opposites

Name an adjective. Your child should find the opposite as soon as possible. Eg small – big, old – young etc.


Record together with your child the technical terms that have to be learned for the school, each on a small map. Now find together a keyword that can be used to explain this technical term. Then you can play the game "TABU" with each other or even with a friend: you use the keyword to describe the term – your child has to guess the word. Of course, after some time is exchanged: Your child explains the technical terms and you are looking for the word.


Convert the game "City-Country-River": Instead of the usual categories in the columns you will be asked for topics from the classroom, eg: As water or occupations. Afterwards, players have to make a note of terms with a chosen first letter as quickly as possible for each category. So her child repeats the learned concepts from the lessons playfully.

Conclusion: The more variety you bring to your playful language learning, the more fun it will be for your child and the easier it is for him to find the right words.

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