• Natalie Chama

How can reading build up your child's vocabulary?

Updated: Sep 27, 2020





Reading is a fundamental skill that many of us take for granted sometimes. Especially if your child doesn't like reading.

This can cause our children to become limited in their vocabulary, and they are not able to access certain high vocabulary words without picking up a book.

Also, your child needs to be exposed to a diversity of literature from different cultures to have the access to new words, that they would not normally see in their surroundings.

The Top 8 Benefits Reading


  • Improve Memory Skills

When your child reads it helps to exercise the brain and it allows them to remember certain information.

Reading helps the memory as you are not just relying on moving pictures but you have to remember key details in a story to mentally understand what is going on.

That's why it is important whether your young or old, to pick up a book and read consistently, whenever you get a chance, to keep that brain ticking.


  • Makes you Smarter

The most intelligent minds were not only curious explorers, but they were avid readers. They also had different types of smarts, from cultural to academic and they usually get the top marks in exams.


  • Learned Discipline

If your child finds a book that they enjoy and reads it from start to finish. This shows some sort of discipline, as they can stick to something long-term. To find out how to pick a book for your child, please check out my other blog: https://www.chamatuition.com/post/how-to-get-your-child-to-read-moreHelps with Brain Health


  • Improve Writing Skills

The more your child reads the more they will be able to recognise the right way to organise and structure their writing. This will help them also to vary their writing style as they are using different types of book inspiration.


  • Develop analytical thinking

If your child is reading well-structured pieces of literature, this will them to use the analytical part of their brain. Especially, if they are doing comprehension tasks that help your child to think, analyse, and select the right information.




  • Help you to organise and prioritise things

The is a particular arrangement of words and sentence structure, so if your child is reading consistently it can help them to develop their sequence skills.




  • Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Reading is a very quiet activity and it can be very therapeutic. So if your child is very anxious this can reduce this anxiety. It is almost like meditation.





  • Increase Vocabulary

Now, this is not a surprise, as I have said in this blog and so many others. The more your child reads the more they are exposed to other cultural word choices outside of their own.

Sooner or later, they will become a walking dictionary especially if they are selecting words that they may not understand and keeping it in a word bank.

After they have their word bank, it is time to explore these words and use them in their writing. Not just leaving it to catch dust, because if you don't use it, you lose it!

Top 13 sites to develop your child's reading

1- https://www.raz-kids.com/

This is an interactive library and for kids to work on from early learners to secondary school kids. Your child can find select a book based on their reading age and if you are not sure what their reading age maybe. You can find out which books they like or are reading at the moment. They also provide some comprehension activities for your child and they can save all their activities in an interactive folder. You can also select the right activities that you want your child to complete. This is every parent and student-friendly and the best reading site in my opinion.

2-ReadWriteThink

‘ReadWriteThink is a great platform that provides a wide variety of educational materials covering different literacy areas including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. You can use the integrated search functionality to filter resources based on criteria such as grade level, resource type, themes, learning objectives, and many more.’

3- Reading Rockets

‘Resources to help struggling readers build phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Online course on teaching reading, classroom strategies, in-classroom video, parent reading tips, interviews with children's book authors, recommended children's books, and more.’

4- Reading Bear

‘Reading Bear is a fun way to learn to read. We teach over 1,200 vocabulary items. Our 50 presentations cover all the main phonics rules. All free and nonprofit!’

5- Reading Eggs

'Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities'.

6- Choosito

'You can browse a digital library of 200,000+ sites, make a standard resource folder, or track your child as they search the web with enhanced reading level and subject area filters.’

7- Storyline Online

‘Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White, and dozens more.’ Your child might enjoy a book read by a celebrity!

8- CommonLit

‘CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 3-12.’

9- PBS

'PBS provides a wide variety of activities and games to help kids develop their reading and literacy skills'.

10- Scholastic

'Scholastic Parents provides you access to a diversified collection of reading materials to use with your kids. These include a Book Search tool to locate relevant reading materials, book reviews and recommendations, guides, activities, prints, and many more'.

11- The Children’s Book Review

'The Children’s Book Review is a resource devoted to children’s literature and literacy. They publish reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. They also produce author and illustrator interviews and share literacy based articles that help you as a parent, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, and librarians to encourage young readers'.


12- Read Theory

‘Accompany your students on a journey through our vast library of reading comprehension content. ReadTheory's adaptive approach fosters improvement by automatically meeting learners at their own, individual ability levels. Signup takes seconds and no time is spent vetting assignments. Progress is shown on an intuitive report, replete with actionable, meaningful insights. Our program is completely free.’

13- Starfall

'Launched in 2002, Starfall website offers various resources to help kids and young learners develop reading and writing skills through interactive games, activities, and phonics'.

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