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Ideas for Helping Beginning Readers Building Vocabulary

One of the most important factors in your child’s ability to understand what he or she reads is whether he or she knows the meaning of each word. When you read aloud, you are able to read books that are more difficult than what the child could read on his or her own. Reading aloud gives you the opportunity to build your child’s vocabulary as a part of the reading time together. The wonderful words found in children’s books are often words that we don’t use in every day conversations.
•Ask what a word means. If your child does not know, ask them to guess using the sentence for clues.
•Talk about the words. Discuss how they could be used in other situations.
•Play games using the words. Make word cards. Find words that mean the same or the opposite of the words. Draw a picture to show the words.