Word labels are very easy to create, and a lot of fun to use in the home. Helping your child learns the names of different objects in the home, and how to spell them, can really help when it comes to learning. Creating word labels is an activity that your child can help you with. Sit down a make a list of short word items that you would like your child to learn first. For example some words to start with, would include the words door, chair, doll, car, and so on. Start with items that they will see frequently during the day, and keep the number of items with labels to a minimum.
First start by purchasing a pack of index cards at your local start. The local dollar store will usually have packs of index cards for at least a dollar. You can easily write the name of the object on the card, and then tape the card to the object. I would recommend starting with their room first. You can label their drawers with word labels, and even the door. The more that they see the names of items in print, the easier it will be for them once they start reading.
Of course I’m not suggesting that you go around the house and stick labels on everything that you see. Start with maybe just one or two objects in the house. For example if there is a particular toy that your child really enjoys playing with, why not put a word label on it. I have found that for items like toys that get moved around, and handled a lot, stick on labels work best. Then every time they pick up the toy point to the name on the card, and have them say it. Be sure to show plenty of excitement, when pointing to the word. If your children see that you are excited about reading words, it will rub off on them as well. Word labels really are a great way to get your little one excited about reading. Of course it is not something that will happen over night, but it you do this during the course of the week with one or two items you will help your child to build up their vocabulary.
One final tip when using word labels is to decorate the so that they will constantly catch your child’s attention. For example you can have your daughter draw a nice picture on the labels, or put stickers on it. This will help to increase her excitement level for the word labels.