Read aloud to build vocabulary

Read AloudOne major benefit of reading aloud is introducing your child to new vocabulary.  The vocabulary we use in everyday conversation is small compared to the number of words in English language.  Everyday conversation is not enough to give your child a sophisticated vocabulary.

When you choose stories to read with your child, consider reading the stories that are above your child’s reading level.  Your child can listen at a much higher level than she can read herself.  By reading aloud from more difficult books, you expose your child to new vocabulary words.

How you address new vocabulary and the story isn’t as important as the reading aloud itself.  You can stop the story briefly to explain a word.  You can keep reading and let your child determine the meaning from context.  You can teach your child to ask questions for clarification of vocabulary words.

Some examples of higher-level Read-Alouds:

Kindergartners will enjoy Ramona the Pest, Beverly Cleary’s chapter book about a spunky kindergartner. (AR level 5.1, 4 points)

First through third graders will enjoy listening to the Harry Potter series, which is probably above their grade level. (AR level 5.5 and up, 12-44 points each)

Fourth grade students and up may not be able to read Tom Sawyer for themselves, but they will enjoy hearing about his exploits. (AR level 8.1, 12 points)

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Posted in Fun With Literacy,Tips for Parents,Tips for Teachers by Corey Green @ Oct 20, 2009


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