What is so important about vocabulary?

Vocabulary – A key communication tool for all of us

A person’s personal vocabulary, lexicon, or word hoard continually grows. Research shows that direct instruction in vocabulary builds comprehension and expression in spoken language and in literacy development. Meaningful contexts, such as stories and conversation, help us remember new words.

Degree of knowledge: Don’t know it; Heard it but can’t define it; Recognize in context; Use it but can’t explain it; Fluent with use and definition

Preschool years are the critical time for intervention because this is the period of greatest growth.

What is a vocabulary for?

For language; social participation; requesting; problem-solving; planning; self-regulation; entertainment; protesting; negotiating…
Language involves turn-taking or some convention of roles as speaker and listener.

“No one would listen to you talk if he didn’t know it was going to be his turn next.”Ed Howe
“All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.”Robert Louis Stevenson

Breakdown in naming can be because the meaning is not known: What’s that called?
or because the word cannot be found: It’s on the tip of my tongue.

What Helps:

When you read aloud to your children, stop and explain what the hard words mean.

Encourage your children to copy you say the word if they want to.

Explain what the verbs mean too as these can be harder to pick up from the context.

Remember to use these hard words in your everyday conversation: repeats help.

Make a scrapbook of these interesting words and draw something as a reminder.

Think of a similar word, and discuss how they are similar and how they are different.

It might look like this as you read a story with a young child:

SHE’S TUMBLING DOWN THE HILL.
TUMBLING MEANS FALLING
TUMBLING IS ROLLING…TUMBLING… TUMBLING DOWN…

Just before the end, recap the story like a list.

REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED?
FIRST…THEN…
OH OH…THEN SHE WENT …TUMBLING DOWN
THEN…AND THEN…NOW, WHAT HAPPENS IN THE END…?

Next day, follow your child’s interest as you make the bed in the morning…

LET’S MAKE THE TOYS TUMBLE.
TUMBLE OFF THE BED.
THERE THEY GO, ROLY-POLY
TUMBLING DOWN…

Parents’ Concerns…

What to expect in the first session

We will talk about your concerns. I will ask you for background information and will start an assessment.

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