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Words let us think, create ideas and reason. A poor vocabulary leads to a poor level of reasoning.

A rich vocabulary, in contrast, leads to higher levels of reasoning and creativity and skill in communication. These skills are highly valued in later life.

It all starts with the love of words: there are 500,000 words in the English language but just 3,000 make up the great majority of everyday conversation. And only 400 make up 65% of the words your child is likely to come across in their reading books.

To learn the basics of a language before starting school is a fantastic achievement, and it is largely through your interaction with him that children are able to do so. So our advice along with the activities we offer is:

Talk Talk Talk Talk to him. Use nursery-rhymes, stories, books, posters and anything he finds interesting including food packets and labels.