“Teaching vocabulary will not guarantee success in reading, just as learning to read words will not guarantee success in reading. However, lacking either adequate word identification skills or adequate vocabulary will ensure failure” (Biemiller, 2005).
In a multiple study research design, Biemiller and Boote (2006) found that repeated reading of a storybook resulted in greater average gains in word knowledge by young children. The researchers found that students made an average gain of 12% compared with the control group (children who only heard the story read once), as measured by a vocabulary test that assessed the meaning of words within context.
There is no doubt that you can never practice 'enough' of vocabulary! Make this simple yet effective activity a part of your daily routine.
Read and re-read your child's favorite book
Now read the book to your child by retelling the story in your own words by introducing new vocabulary (by using action verbs like, ‘running’, ‘jumping’ etc.)
Next, invite response from your child by pointing out to pictures in a book and asking, “What is he doing?” or “What do you see?”
Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.