Are you concerned that the vacation you’re planning will be a “no learning” zone for your children? "Next Exit" or "One Way Street" signs don't get a child very far in the journey to a better vocabulary.
Traveling with children offers so many more opportunities to expand your child's vocabulary than you might think!
Try these tips for making the vacation experience more educational and enjoyable for the entire family:
Before Your Trip
Make a vacation vocabulary list. Give your kids a small pocket notebook to make a list of "Vacation Words." Talk about categories like people, places, things, and feelings people are likely to experience while traveling.
Enhance skills with sentence parts by having them to list nouns like, airplane, backpack, ferry, map, snow or verbs related to the activities you’ll be doing like eating, skiing, and laughing.
Help them customize the lists for specific sights you plan to see. If you introduce new words, they can learn definitions before you travel.
During Your Trip
Turn word listing into a vocabulary game. Each time your child spots an item on the list he can put a check mark next to the word.
At the end of the trip go through the list and ask what he or she remembers about the items. This helps build a vocabulary of things your child may not see in everyday life.
We would love to see your "Vacation Vocabulary" lists at the Literacy & Language Center this summer to share with others.