Early Literacy in Action: Vocabulary

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Early Literacy in Action: VocabularyPresenter: Darla Casella, Childrens LibrarianMockingbird Branch LibraryA Workshop Presented By The Childrens Department Of The Abilene Public Library

February 12, 2015Abilene, Texas

What Is It?Vocabulary is: knowing the names of thingsfeelings conceptsideas

Vocabulary helps with every aspect of a childs developmentChildren need a wide vocabulary to express their selves and describe emotions and actions.Larger vocabularies enable children to think more deeply.The larger vocabulary children have the easier it will be for them to understand what they are reading.

The FactsMost two-year-olds have vocabularies of 300-500 words.Most five-year-olds enter school knowing between 3,000 5,000 words.The closer to knowing 5,000 words a child is, the better off he or she will be.

4Talking and reading with children are two of the easiest and most effective ways to build your childs vocabulary.


Are able to decode (sound out) unfamiliar words easier.Are able to express themselves more accurately.Have an easier time comprehending what they are reading.Are able to recognize more words in print because they have heard and learned more words verbally.Children who have strong vocabulary skills

6Talk, talk, talkRead, read, readSimple ways that you can build childrens vocabularies

7More IdeasCall items by more than one name: i.e. Cat, Kitten, KittyIncorporate rhyming.Say words slowly enough so that children can hear the individual sounds.Play games.

Activities The bag gameSpider on the FloorTeddy Bear Song http://youtu.be/f-6_697iL24 Little MouseWhere is the Green Sheep?

Books To Encourage vocabulary building:Using fun, descriptive wordsFor Babies and ToddlersBarnyard Banter by Denise FlemingWhere is the Green Sheep? by Mem FoxPeekaboo Morning by Rachel IsadoraBlue Sea by Robert KalanCounting Kisses by Karen KatzBaby Loves Visiting by Michael LawrenceA Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa by Jonathon LondonLemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

For PreschoolersElephants Can Paint, Too! by Katya ArnoldThe Bus For Us by Suzanne BloomWet Dog by Elise BroachRed-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy CowleyWarthogs Paint by Pamela Duncan EdwardsFancy Nancy by Jane OConnor Rattletrap Car by Phyllis RootWild About Books by Judy SierraThe Napping House by Audrey Wood

Books To Encourage vocabulary building:Using fun, descriptive wordsBibliographyhttp://suffolf.lib.va.us/kids-teens/parents-corner/vocabulary.html