Parental Vocabulary Strategy Tips

Oh no! My child is not learning on grade level! Is it their vocabulary? Vocabulary is essential to understanding what is read. Is this hurting my child’s comprehension? Learning how to read is essential to be successful in school and to achieve a successful lifestyle. Whether a child elects to attend a 4-year college, community college, technical college, or military, reading is necessary.

So you ask, what is vocabulary, really? It is knowledge of a word that not only implies a definition, but also how the word fits into the world. As a parent, your child should be adding from 2,000 to 3,000 words each year to their reading vocabulary, according to Michael Graves, Vocabulary Book Learning and Instruction. I know you are thinking, WOW, how are they going to do that?

This would consist of terms such as do, did, does, etc. This counts as three terms. These are known as word families.

There is a connection between word knowledge and reading comprehension. If a student does not comprehend vocabulary words, understanding what is read is going to be challenging. However, it is important to know that vocabulary knowledge is never mastered. It just is continues to deepen over a life-time. Learning vocabulary helps you to communicate in a more highly effective, highly effective and innovative way.

There is a difference between oral vocabulary and written vocabulary. A student may understand a word that is spoken orally but may not have any idea what it looks like written. The opposite may also occur, they may know what it is written, but may be mispronouncing it and not know what the word is.

It was once thought that learning words meant you were to look them up in a dictionary and that was the end of it. However, more and more teachers are using vocabulary strategies such as connecting words to pictures. Teachers begin to introduce words using pictures of what the word could be and what it is not. Word knowledge increases when students are able to link a word with a picture. The brain then stores the picture of the word. Then the word is learned with associations and connections.

You can assist your student in learning words with multiple exposures. The student needs to see the words in different text and talking about the phrase. This gets the student involved and really thinking of the meaning of the word.

Let’s look at the word: DRIVE. There are several definitions, but we will talk about three main ones.

1. Drive: to drive a car.

2. Drive: a computer hardDRIVE.

3. Drive: to push your point across in a conversation.

Ensuring a student understands each definition and when to use the word is essential in comprehension.

Adequate reading comprehension is understanding 90-95% of the words you read. To achieve this goal, the more you read, the more vocabulary you acquire.

So, what can a mother or father do? Pleasant Valley Primary School in Groton, CT has excellent parent guidelines for assisting your student develop their vocabulary skills. Some of their guidelines include: read everyday, play word games, have your student to categorize and group terms. Vocabulary strategies for a mother or father to help their student are not challenging and need absolutely no planning.

Dr. Johnson has taught reading for elementary and middle school students for over 20 years. She has information on vocabulary strategies on G.A. Educational Learning Center, LLC G.A. Educational Learning Center, LLC. To have the opportunity to work more closely with your child, you may want to join Empowernetwork.Empowernetwork

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