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Expand your child’s vocabulary with these fun word activities.
Have your child complete one of the vocab activities below to build their language or complete one of the family activities to get a little learning boost for all those involved.
Learning words for feelings
Put these videos on for your child, one at a time.
- Video 1: Kids Redefine Nostalgic Words From Your Past
- Video 2: These Kids Know More About Idioms Than You Do
- Video 3: Kids Redefine Parenthood
Family time activity:
Review the slideshow: These Words Help Explain Big Feelings To Kids .
Copy down some of the feeling words onto construction paper.
Draw faces that reflect the feelings under each word.
Watch the videos above again.
Ask your child what the kids are feeling at different points in the video. Have them point to the faces/words you drew on paper.
- This also works for any movie or TV show and allows for some meaningful engagement with screen time.
Learning animal vocab
Find pictures, stickers, magnets, books, or toys around the house of different animals.
- Get a piece of masking tape or a sticky note and put it on each animal you’ve found. Write the word for the animal on the tape or sticky note.
- Hide the animals around a room. Ask your child to go on an animal scavenger hunt.
- Every time they find one of the animals, ask them to call out its name. Then, ask them to look at the word on the animal and say the first sound in the word. (They can also say the ending sound as well!)
Make a list of animals.
Make sure there is an animal for every letter of the alphabet (if possible).
Cut the list up into little strips of paper.
Put the strips into a hat or bucket.
Have each family member take turns picking out a strip of paper.
Have your child look at the word on the paper and call out the first letters they see. Then help them sound out the beginning or ending sounds of the word on the paper.
Now each family member takes turns doing their best impersonation of that animal. Roar!
Learning color vocab
Find some masking tape and write different color words on each piece. (Example: green , blue , etc.).
Put the pieces of tape on a piece of paper or cardboard.
- Then, put another set of tape with the same color words onto play cars, blocks, or anything else that exists in all of these colors (example: tape the word green on a green car, red on a red block).
- Have your kid match the toy with the color word on the cardboard or piece of paper so all the toys line up with their correct color.
If you have color balls, balloons, socks (anything soft you can throw), put them in a pile.
- Call out colors and ask kids to throw, kick, or bounce the balls, balloons, or whatever object you choose to you or to each other.
Family time activities:
Drawing and labeling activity.
- Ask each person in the family to draw a picture, any picture! Use different color crayons or markers.
- One picture at a time, start to label the parts of children’s work as they point them out with legible writing, specifically the colors of objects in the picture or the amount of objects in the picture ( brown leaf or 2 trees ).
- Bonus : Ask everyone to answer the following questions about their picture: “Is this a story? How does it go?” Write down children’s words and read them back.
Learning about rhyming vocab
Gather a collection of household items and toys.
Make sure all of them have a rhyming partner (e.g., doll/ball, truck/duck, block/sock/rock, car/star, frog/dog, man/can, bear/chair, two/shoe, plate/eight).
Ask your child to match the objects that rhyme.
As a variation, choose only one item or toy (e.g., rock).
Send your child on a hunt around the house looking for other objects that rhyme with it (e.g., clock, sock, chalk).
Words without rhymes
Have children watch this video about words without any rhymes .
WATCH: Are There Any Words Without Rhymes?
Have your child create made-up words that rhyme with the words in the video.
Ask them to think of any other words they can that might not have a rhyme.
Hint: most words do have rhymes except for the words in the video above.
Help your child think of a rhyme for the words they come up with.
Find objects to help illustrate the rhymes you’re coming up with or write out the words to show them similar letters within the words.
Learning plant vocab
Look through books for pictures of plants.
What parts do you see? Name the parts of a plant for your child (e.g., stem , leaves , flowers , roots ).
Go on a neighborhood plant hunt.
Talk about the plants you find. Do all leaves look the same? Do all plants have the same number of flowers?
After the neighborhood plant hunt, ask your child to draw a few of the plants they saw.
Label their picture with the plant parts.
Have your child take our quiz about plants .
Help them answer the questions if needed.
Family time activity: eat every part of a plant!
Using food from your fridge, build a plant on your child’s plate:
- Roots : carrots, potato, beets
- Stem : celery
- Leaves : lettuce, parsley, spinach
- Flower : broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke
- Seeds : sunflower, sesame
Now eat up!
Learning about opposites
Look at pictures in books.
Ask your child to tell you words to describe what they see in the pictures (e.g., “big tree,” “happy child,” “sleepy dog,” “pretty flower,” etc.).
Make sure they include an adjective in their description. You may need to offer a little help with this!
Write down each description your child says.
Work together to think of the opposite of each description (e.g., “small tree,” “sad child,” etc.)
Fold several sheets of paper in half and staple them in the center to make a book.
On one page write the description your child said in #2 and on the other side write its opposite. Have your child draw pictures to go with each page.
Encourage your child to read aloud their book of opposites!
Learning CVC words
Use letter magnets or a white board to write a CVC word like bat .
- First, say the word aloud sound-by-sound and have your child create the word.
- Then, swap out the vowel to create another word, like bit .
- Play around with creating different words by swapping out the vowels without changing the consonants .
- Alternatively, you can swap out the first letter while leaving the vowel and the last letter the same to create lists of rhyming words.
- Have your child practice swapping out the letters themselves and then help them sound out words after they make the swaps, if needed.
Hide pirate treasure. Ahoy, matey!
- Decorate a treasure box, load it with sticky notes or pieces of paper that have CVC words written on them, and draw a map to remember where it’s buried.
- Sing some rhyming sea chanteys as you head out on your next voyage.
- When you’re ready for someone to retrieve the treasure, write clues to help them find it.
- Once they find the treasure, see if your child can read all the words aloud. Bonus if the words create a fun message!
Learning about definitions
Review the following definition pages of common words with your child.
Explain how all words have definitions.
You can look at the definition page for definition to show them the meaning of this word.
Print the Dictionary.com Coloring Book for your child.
Click the image below to get the PDF printable of pages A–E.
- Have them color the pictures and examine the illustration while they color. Ask them to write a definition of the word based on the illustration. (You can help them write their definitions while they tell them to you too!)
Watch a movie or read a book together.
Pick some words out from the movie or book and ask your child to define them for you. Offer your own definition too. Then look up the words on Dictionary.com to see if you both were right!
Psst! You can use this Disney activity to help you find words from some classic movies to define.
Words for textures
- Discuss the meaning of each texture word: soft , smooth , rough , hard , bumpy .
- Write the texture words on separate pieces of paper or note cards.
- Send your child on a hunt around the house to bring back an object with each texture.
Texture hand art.
- Trace your child’s hand on a piece of paper and help them cut it out.
- Write a different texture word on each finger ( soft , smooth , rough , hard , bumpy ).
- soft – cotton ball
- smooth – piece of tape
- rough – sand paper
- hard – uncooked pasta
- bumpy – small sticker “gems”
Guess the object.
- For example: cotton balls, blocks, sand paper, beans, unpeeled clementines, washcloths, etc.
- Put one set of objects out of sight and place the other set on the table for everyone to see.
- Choose one of the hidden objects to put inside a paper bag. Take turns reaching in to feel the object. Without peeking, guess what the object is by pointing to its partner on the table.
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I’ve always loved words. There is something delicious about words like pugnacious or boondoggle isn’t there?! Most children also like to use “big” words and will be delighted to learn how to use words like spectacular or Eureka!
Building our Kinders vocabulary is important. A good vocabulary gives our students a huge advantage. Reading, writing, and comprehension will all benefit from a good grasp of words. Did you know that a child’s vocabulary is a key component to reading success ?
Vocabulary Activities and the Common Core
The Common Core standards for Kindergarten touch on the importance of building vocabulary.
- RL.K.4: Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.
- L.K.4.A Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck ).
- .L.K.6 Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.
Vocabulary activities help children of all ages learn and expand their vocabulary. First and foremost, they are fun. But they also provide an opportunity to introduce words in an informal manner.
What Is A Vocabulary Activity?
A vocabulary activity is anything that helps kids improve their knowledge of words. They must also learn when and how to use these words. They can include games, worksheets, or word projects. The trick is to make learning fun and keep the kids engaged.
What Are Fun Ways To Introduce Vocabulary?
Word of the week.
You can introduce Kinders to so many words in this way. Choose a fun word that most of your Kinders will not know. Don’t be afraid to use tier 2 words like lovely or gigantic . Write the word and post it somewhere in the classroom. Read the word aloud and explain what it means. Challenge the students to use the word as often as they can in the coming week. Model this yourself.
- The pictures in our book are quite lovely!
- Look at that gigantic cloud.
You could ham it up by inviting children to raise their arms and cheer every time they hear the word used!
Read, Read and Read Some More
Read aloud to your students every day. Expose students to a wide range of vocabulary by choosing both fiction and non-fiction books. Pick out some of these words ahead of time, print them on index cards and add them to your word wall. After you have read the pick go back and highlight the words you have chosen. Read them and ask the children to repeat them back to you. Talk about the meanings. Challenge your Kinders to create sentences that use the word.
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One of the best way to teach vocabulary in Kindergarten is through play. Short games engage Kinder’s minds the same way playing does. It also teaches them new words they can add to their vocabulary. Here are two ideas
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Create Vocabulary Notebooks
Notebooks are fun to create and give Kinders a place to record new words that delight them. We have created a few printable pages to help create these notebooks. All the pages are editable, so you can customize them to reflect the words you are using. This is particularly useful if you are working on a specific theme.
If you want the worksheets to keep the same font, you will need to have KG penmanship installed. You can download this font for free here . Install it BEFORE opening the PDF. The boxes adjust the size of the font automatically. The longer the word or sentence, the smaller the font will become.
There are three activities.
A page for children to write new words they have encountered. Children can choose words from the word bank if they wish. You can choose if you want students to list the new words or choose one specific word and write a definition. The word bank is fully editable
There is another page that invites children to draw a picture of what the word means to them. Drawing a definition helps to ensure that students understand the meaning. They won’t be able to draw a picture if they don’t comprehend it. This avoids the trap of copying out a definition without fully understanding it.
Children need to practice using words in context so that they can learn when and how to use them. The last page has a fill in the blank sentence. They must read the sentence and choose a word from the word bank to finish it. Again, the sentences and the word banks are fully editable.
How Do You Practice New Vocabulary In Kindergarten?
Once your child learns a word the work has just begun. It will be forgotten if they stop using or hearing it. That is why practice is so important. Keep your Kinders using the words they have learned while having fun with new ones. Be intentional with your vocabulary activities. Keep the words alive by continually using them alongside the new ones. This will keep the word alive and give them a little boost of confidence as they find new ways to use it.
How do you help your Kinders learn new words? What are your favorite vocabulary activities? Please leave a comment below.
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Words are the building blocks of communication. They allow us to express our thoughts, emotions, and ideas, and they play a pivotal role in shaping our understanding of the world around us. Engaging in vocabulary activities is a dynamic way to enhance this learning process. For children, a strong vocabulary isn’t just about knowing many words; it’s about understanding their meanings and using them effectively in various contexts.
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According to a study shared by GPB , building a child’s vocabulary as early as possible is crucial for several reasons:
- Build Retention: Children who learn advanced vocabulary early on are more likely to retain and use these words throughout their lives. The roots of words, when taught at a young age, become an integral part of their everyday vernacular.
- Every Day, Everywhere: A robust vocabulary prepares children for life. These words are not just for tests; they appear in movies , video games , schools, and workplaces. A rich vocabulary helps children communicate effectively in diverse settings, boosting their confidence .
- Impress for Success: A good vocabulary is a tool for success. It allows children to make lasting impressions in various situations, from school presentations to job interviews in the future.
In this blog, we’ll explore some fun and engaging vocabulary activities to enhance your child’s vocabulary. These activities are designed to make word-learning an enjoyable experience, ensuring that your child not only learns new words but also retains and uses them effectively.
21 Fun and Engaging Vocabulary Activities for Kids
Here is a list of exciting vocabulary development activities for kids that are tried-and-tested methods that can help children expand their word banks while enjoying the learning process:
1. Vocabulary Worksheets
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Vocabulary worksheets are a dynamic and effective tool for enhancing children’s language skills. These sheets, filled with activities like word matching , sentence completion , and synonyms-antonyms exercises , not only introduce new words but also deepen understanding through context and usage. They are excellent for reinforcing learning, improving spelling, and expanding a child’s verbal arsenal, making them more confident and articulate in their language use.
2. Crossword Puzzles
Crossword puzzles are not only entertaining but also effective in enhancing vocabulary and critical thinking skills. By solving clues to fill in the blanks, learners are exposed to new words and are challenged to recall words they already know.
Recommendations: For younger kids, start with simple crosswords with picture clues. As they advance, introduce them to more challenging puzzles .
Flashcards are a time-tested method for vocabulary enhancement. They allow learners to repeatedly review and test their knowledge of words and their meanings, promoting retention and recall.
- Create two-sided cards with the word on one side and its definition, a sentence, or a synonym on the other.
- Make the learning process interactive by incorporating images or colors.
4. Word Search Puzzles
Word search puzzles involve finding hidden words within a grid of letters. These puzzles help improve word recognition, spelling, and pattern recognition.
- Start with smaller grids for younger kids and gradually increase the complexity.
- Create custom word search puzzles based on themes or topics of interest using online tools.
5. Read Aloud Sessions
Reading aloud to children is one of the most effective vocabulary building activities. It not only introduces them to new words but also helps in improving their pronunciation, comprehension, and listening skills. When children hear words being used in context, they can better grasp their meanings and nuances.
Suggestions: Parents can make read-aloud sessions more engaging by choosing a variety of books – from fairy tales and adventure stories to informative non-fiction . It’s essential to pick age-appropriate books and occasionally pause to discuss unfamiliar words. Asking open-ended questions about the story can also encourage kids to think critically and use new vocabulary in their responses.
6. Word of the Day
The “Word of the Day” is a simple yet effective vocabulary activity. It involves introducing children to a new word every day, helping them understand its meaning, pronunciation, and usage.
Tips: Parents can integrate the “Word of the Day” into daily routines by:
- Writing the word on a whiteboard or sticky note and placing it in a visible area.
- Encouraging kids to use the word in sentences throughout the day.
- Associating the word with fun activities or games to reinforce its meaning.
Storytelling is a powerful tool if you are looking for activities on vocabulary for kids. When children listen to or create stories, they encounter a plethora of new words in a meaningful context.
Encourage kids to craft their own tales. Provide them with a theme or a set of words to incorporate into their story. This not only boosts their vocabulary but also sparks their creativity. Parents can also share folktales or family anecdotes, pausing to explain any complex words or phrases.
8. Scrabble or Word Games
Board games , especially ones like Scrabble, are fun vocabulary activities that can significantly enhance a child’s word bank. These games challenge kids to think of different words and combinations, promoting strategic thinking alongside vocabulary enhancement .
Recommendations: Apart from Scrabble, other age-appropriate word games include ‘Boggle’, ‘BananaGrams’, and ‘Word-A-Melon’. These games are not only educational but also offer a fun way for the entire family to bond while learning.
Pictionary is one of the most engaging activities to teach vocabulary. It requires players to draw a word without using letters or verbal hints, which enhances word recognition and stimulates creativity. By visualizing and drawing out words, children can form stronger associations and recall them more easily.
Tips to organize Pictionary sessions:
- Create a set of cards with vocabulary words suitable for the age group.
- Divide participants into teams and take turns drawing while others guess.
- For younger kids, use simple words and gradually introduce more complex terms as they become more confident.
10. Bingo with a Twist
Transforming the classic Bingo game into a vocab activity can make vocabulary learning more engaging. Instead of numbers , use words on the Bingo cards. As the words are called out, participants mark them off their cards.
Examples: A Bingo card for younger children might include words like “apple,” “tree,” “book,” while for older kids, it could have words like “ metaphor ,” “equator,” or “constitution.”
11. Word Building Blocks
Building blocks are not just for constructing towers or bridges. They can also be used as a tactile method for kids to form words, enhancing their spelling and vocabulary skills.
Recommendations: Sets like “See and Spell” or “Alphabet Building Blocks” are specifically designed for vocab activities, allowing children to physically piece together letters to form words.
12. Word Charades
Word Charades is similar to the traditional game of charades but focuses solely on vocabulary words. Players act out a word without speaking, relying on gestures and expressions, making it one of the most interactive vocabulary practice activities.
Ideas for Prompts: Depending on the age group, word charade prompts can range from “butterfly” or “jump” for younger kids to “astronaut” or “reflection” for older ones.
13. Museum Visits
Museums are more than just buildings filled with artifacts; they’re immersive environments where every exhibit tells a story. Each display introduces children to a world of new terms, from historical events and figures to scientific concepts and artistic techniques. Engaging in such vocabulary builder activities allows children to contextualize words, making them easier to remember.
Recommendations: Before visiting, research the museum’s exhibits and prepare a list of words or concepts you expect to encounter. During the visit, encourage kids to read exhibit descriptions aloud, ask curators questions, and later discuss their favorite exhibits and the new terms they’ve learned.
14. Library Visits and Book Scavenger Hunt
Libraries, with their vast collections of books, are perfect places if you are looking for fun vocabulary words activities. A book scavenger hunt adds an element of excitement. Children not only discover new books but also encounter a plethora of new words.
Tips: Design clues that guide kids towards specific genres, authors, or themes. After the hunt, discuss the books they’ve chosen, focusing on interesting words or phrases they found intriguing.
15. Newspaper or Magazine Reading
Newspapers and magazines cover a wide range of topics, from global events to local news, arts, science, and more. Regular reading exposes children to diverse vocabulary in context.
Recommendations: Dedicate a weekly session to discuss interesting articles. Highlight challenging words, explore their meanings, and encourage kids to use them in sentences.
16. Cooking Together with a Recipe Challenge
Cooking is a hands-on activity that introduces children to a world of flavors and the vocabulary that describes them. From ingredients to cooking techniques, every recipe is a lesson in language.
Tips: Once a week, challenge kids to try a new recipe. Discuss unfamiliar terms, and as they cook, ask them to describe the textures, flavors, and processes, expanding their culinary vocabulary.
17. Grocery Shopping and Word Search
Discussion: Grocery stores are filled with a variety of products, each with its name, ingredients, and origin. Turning shopping into a vocabulary development activity can make it both educational and fun.
Recommendations: Prepare a list with descriptions instead of direct product names. For instance, “Find something that’s sweet, red, and crunchy.” After shopping, discuss the items, their origins, and any unfamiliar terms on the packaging.
18. Vocabulary Journal with Everyday Words
A vocabulary journal is a dedicated space for children to document their linguistic journey. By noting down and revisiting new words, they reinforce their learning.
Tips: Encourage daily entries. Apart from writing the word and its meaning, ask them to draft a short story or poem using the new terms, enhancing both vocabulary and creativity.
19. Word Wall in the Home or Classroom
A word wall is a dynamic display that grows with a child’s vocabulary. It serves as a daily reminder of words learned and a quick reference.
Recommendations: Dedicate a space where kids can add new words, categorize them by themes, or even associate them with images or drawings. Review and discuss the wall periodically, celebrating milestones and introducing challenges.
20. Riddle of the Day
Riddles stimulate critical thinking and often introduce children to multiple meanings of words. They’re fun puzzles that challenge kids to think beyond the obvious.
Tips: Start the day with a riddle. Discuss the answer, focusing on the vocabulary used. Encourage children to craft their own riddles, enhancing both their creativity and word knowledge.
21. Story Writing and Vocabulary Expansions
Writing is a powerful tool for vocabulary enhancement. When children craft stories, they dive deep into their vocabulary reservoir, using words in varied contexts.
Recommendations: Provide weekly writing prompts . After they’ve written their stories, review them together, highlighting excellent vocabulary usage and introducing synonyms or more complex terms they could incorporate in future writings .
The journey of vocabulary enhancement is not limited to structured lessons or specific tools. Real-life experiences and creative expressions offer a plethora of opportunities for children to immerse themselves in a world of words. As highlighted by PLD Literacy , strong vocabulary and oral language skills lay the foundation for literacy and overall academic success . These skills not only foster a child’s confidence but also impact their relationships, sense of self, and even their mental well-being.
By engaging in diverse vocabulary activities, we not only prepare our children for academic challenges but also equip them with the linguistic tools to navigate the world confidently. Remember, it’s not just about the quantity of words a child knows; the quality of their understanding and their ability to use them in context is what truly matters. So, whether it’s a visit to the museum, a cooking session, or a simple game of Pictionary, every moment can be a vocabulary-building opportunity. Embrace these vocabulary activities and watch your child’s linguistic world expand.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can real-life experiences genuinely enhance vocabulary in kids.
Absolutely! Real-life experiences provide contextual learning, making word retention more effective. Activities like museum visits or grocery shopping introduce children to diverse terms in meaningful settings.
Are digital vocabulary activities as effective as traditional methods?
Both digital and traditional methods have their merits. Digital activities offer interactive and engaging platforms, while traditional methods provide tactile and personal experiences. A balanced approach is ideal.
How can parents integrate vocabulary activities into daily routines?
Parents can weave vocabulary activities into everyday tasks like cooking, reading bedtime stories , or discussing daily events. Simple practices like introducing a “Word of the Day” or discussing newspaper articles can be effective.
Are vocabulary games just for fun, or do they offer genuine learning?
While vocabulary games are entertaining, they also offer genuine learning. Games like Scrabble or Pictionary challenge kids to think critically, recognize patterns, and use words in varied contexts, enhancing both vocabulary and cognitive skills.
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Vocabulary: Activities for Your Kindergartener
Building a large “word bank” is one of the best ways to help children with reading comprehension. Beginning readers use knowledge about words to help them make sense of what they’re reading. The more words a reader knows, the more they are able to comprehend what they’re reading or listening to.
Talking to and reading with your kindergartener are two terrific ways to help them learn new words. Conversations and questions about interesting words are easy, non-threatening ways to get new words into everyday talk.
Use rich language in conversations with your child
Even very young children love to hear and learn new words! Help your child expand their word bank and knowledge of the world by using interesting and vivid words instead of simpler language in your everyday conversations. For example, instead of saying, “this ice cream is good” you might say, “this caramel ice cream is scrumptious.”
Read with your child every day
Reading aloud exposes your child to lots of vivid language that is not found in books for beginning readers. When you come upon a new and interesting word, take the time to stop and ask your child what they think that word might mean in the context of the story. Then offer a kid-friendly definition of the word and connect it to a similar word and a shared experience.
Word learning and vocabulary growth takes time and patience. Don’t expect your child to learn a new word after one conversation or one read aloud. True word learning happens after being exposed to words several times. We all learn about words throughout our lifetime. You’re getting your child off to a great start by developing an early interest in words.
Vocabulary in kindergarten
Try these vocabulary activities at home
Bring in the nonfiction.
Nonfiction and informational books (such as the DK Eyewitness series) offer young children a treasure chest of new and interesting words about our world. If the book has a glossary, spend some time discussing the words with your child, and as you read aloud stop as often as needed to think about new words and how they connect to what your child already knows about.
Talk about new words during read alouds
Talking to and reading with your child are two terrific ways to help them hear and read new words. Conversations and questions about interesting words are easy ways to get new words into everyday talk. ”The book says, ‘The boy tumbled down the hill,’ and look at the picture! How do you think he went down the hill?”
Sharing a new word with your child doesn’t have to take a long time: just a few minutes to talk about the word and then focus back on the book or conversation. Choose which words to talk about carefully — choosing every new word might make reading seem like a chore. The best words to explore are ones that are less common to see in the books your child might read. When introducing new words to your young learner, keep the following four helpful hints in mind:
- Provide a simple, kid-friendly definition for the new word: Enormous means that something is really, really big.
- Offer a simple, kid-friendly example that makes sense within their daily life: Remember that really big watermelon we got at the grocery store? That was an enormous watermelon!
- Encourage your child to develop their own example: What enormous thing can you think of? Can you think of something really big that you saw today? That’s right! The bulldozer near the park was enormous ! Those tires were huge.
- Keep your new words active within your house. Over the next few days and weeks, take advantage of opportunities to use each new vocabulary word in conversation. Kids often need to hear a new word in context ten times or more before they “know” that word.
How do I help my child learn new words while we read aloud?
Reading aloud is a great way for children to learn new words. Literacy expert Sandra Wilborn suggests that parents pause during the read aloud to elaborate on a new word by giving a simple definition, connecting the word to something your child knows, and using it in a sentence. Reinforce the learning by using that new word at home in the weeks ahead. (From our video series Reading SOS: Expert Answers to Family Questions About Reading .)
Give them great words
Children’s author Jane Yolen ( Owl Moon , How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? ) delights in using rich language in her picture books. In this clip from our video interview with Yolen , she says she often has to fight to keep good words — that really stretch vocabulary learning — in her picture books.
I use the words that need to be used. And sometimes I have to fight for them. I did a series of books about a pig butler called Piggins . In the first book, he finds that the diamond lavaliere is missing. And my editor said, “No kid will know what ‘lavaliere’ is.”
I said, “then they’ll learn it.”
And you know what happened? Every school that I went to that had been reading Piggins , the kids’ favorite word was “lavaliere.” So, I think that you use the words that need to be used. If they’re big and the kids don’t understand them, they’ll either get it in context, or they’ll ask someone, or they’ll look it up.
Kids who never hear good words, who are never get stretched by them, are not going to be word lovers. So, at least in our books, let’s give them great words.
Grocery store vocabulary
The produce section is a great place to hear new interesting word s . Words like rhubarb, asparagus, artichoke, and kiwi are fun to say, and fun to eat. As you introduce each one, use descriptive words to help your child learn. “A kiwi has a fuzzy outside, but the inside is bright green with black seeds!”
Start at the root
Begin with a simple root word, such as push. Ask your child to come up with words they know that contain that word, such as pushing, pushed, pushover, push-up. Talk about how all these words have some shared meaning related to the word push.
Consider the prefix
Numeric prefixes like bi- and tri- are a part of many words kids know and use. Discuss words like tricycle, tricep, triangle. All these words share the prefix tri-, which means three. Can they develop a list of words that begin with the prefix bi- (like bicycle and binoculars)? This gives you a great chance to introduce new words, like bicentennial, bicep, and biped. You can generate similar word lists with the numeric prefixes uni, octo, and cent.
Try this activity from the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR). The FCRR “At Home” series was developed especially for families! Watch the video and then download the activity: Word Connections (opens in a new window) . See all FCRR vocabulary activities here (opens in a new window) .
Homonyms — words that sound the same but have different meanings — provide a great opportunity for word fun. Say a word out loud, and see if your child can generate more than one meaning for the word. For example:
bark: the sound a dog makes bark: the covering on a tree ring: jewelry you wear on your finger ring: the sound a doorbell makes
Explore your world
Visits to a museum, the zoo, the botanical garden, historical sites, and even your neighborhood park are terrific opportunities to introduce your child to new words. Spend some time looking at the signage and identifying new words, then connecting them to what you see right there.
“What’s another word for …”
This game helps your child learn there’s more than one word for everyday things. For example, look around you and say, “what’s another word for couch ?” ( sofa , ottoman ). Or, “what’s another word for cup ?” ( glass , mug) . You can extend the game by talking about how two things are similar but not exactly alike ( glass , mug ). That helps your child learn about the subtle differences in related words.
What does this word mean? Helping a kindergartner learn new vocabulary
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Kindergarten Vocabulary Worksheets For Kids
Kindergarten Vocabulary Worksheets For Kids.. Most of the terms that fall into this category are of high use and serve as a utility to most language at the first-grade level. There are many different tools and methods that can be used by students to learn new words faster. The most common method is by using flashcards. They can be done on good old fashion index cards or through the use of online flashcards. Remember these kids are in first grade, you need to show them how to use flashcards. I would highly suggest that you have students practice simply rewriting these words a number of times.
This simple activity is powerful for remembering the structure of these words. To bring meaning to the vocabulary, it is often helpful to encourage students to draw pictures that bring meaning to the definition of the terms themselves. Another great method is to have students write these words in sentences. Use these worksheets to learn words that first graders should have a good grasp on. Worksheet on Vocabulary.
I share with you the word practice worksheets in printable form. You can be sure that you will make a great contribution to children’s recognizing, writing and reading words. You can download these activities for your children to read and write. You can also use it for kindergarten children. Have children do our word practice page for 1st grade children in line with the directives.
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