Vocabulary: Word Knowledge

Parents and caregivers make the difference by just modeling the importance of reading, surrounding children with books, and engaging in the learning process. By doing these simple things, children have a better chance at succeeding in school and throughout each aspect of their lives. For the next couple of weeks, we will be posting the six literacy skills and strategies you can use to practice each skill at home with your family.


We will begin with VOCABULARY, or simply put, words:

  • Talk with your child about what is going on around you.
  • Talk about unknown and interesting words. Create a word of the day challenge.
  • Read together, discussing the story and pictures.
  • Point out words that have similar meanings.

Don’t be afraid of using “bigger, fancier” words. Let your child hear unusual words to help expand their word knowledge. Use a dictionary often.

To help develop word knowledge and vocabulary, the most important thing you can do with your child is READ. Here are some great books for children Kindergarten through Grade 3:

Previously by Allan Ahlberg
Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt
Mom and Dad Are Palindromes by Mark Shulman
The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter
The Case of the Incapacitated Capitals by Robin Pulver


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