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Notes from Storytime

Learning New Words

Quick as a CricketYou can use books to help expand your child’s vocabulary. Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood has many descriptive words that your child may not have heard before. You can help your child understand the meaning by looking at the pictures as well as the word’s opposite. You don’t need to stop to explain all of the words, but you may discuss a few of them as you read by giving examples of similar words or studying the pictures for clues about the word’s meaning.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on July 13, 2015 Categories: Vocabulary

Dragon’s Extraordinary Egg by Debi Gliori

Dragon's Extraordinary EggOne way to build vocabulary is to introduce new words prior to reading a book with those words. It can be as simple as saying the word and explaining what it means before opening the book. This is a great way to increase your child’s vocabulary since children are more likely to remember certain words if they are used, heard, and spoken more than once. Before reading this book, talk about the title and what the word “extraordinary” means.

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant

By eemerick on April 20, 2015 Categories: Vocabulary

What’s Happening in the Pictures?

Mama's Little BearsWhen you read Mama’s Little Bears by Nancy Tafuri, don’t just read the words but also talk about the pictures. Describe what is going on and leave time for your child to say something back. This interaction sets the stage for increased vocabulary and will help your child when it is time to read.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

By eemerick on December 15, 2014 Categories: Vocabulary

Learning New Words

Who Stole the Veggies from the Veggie Patch?Share a story with your child that has unfamiliar words in it, such as Who Stole the Veggies from the Veggie Patch? by Precious McKenzie. Don’t replace the word “patch” but explain that it is the area around where the vegetables are growing, or another word for garden. This helps to expand your child’s vocabulary.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

By eemerick on September 22, 2014 Categories: Vocabulary

Books are Conversation Starters

I Like BugsOnce in a while, instead of reading the text in a board book as it is written, use the text in the book as a conversation starter. Adding new words that your child might not otherwise hear can be a great way to help his or her vocabulary grow. Good readers know lots of words!

–Tip by Jan P., Preschool/Childcare Liaison

By eemerick on July 17, 2014 Categories: Vocabulary

One Gorilla

syndetics-lcBy using specific names for things, you help your child learn new words and understand subtle differences between similar things, which increases vocabulary. In the fun counting book One Gorilla by Anthony Browne, the author uses beautiful pictures to depict various primates. Your child will learn the specific names of some similar animals!

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

 

By eemerick on March 17, 2014 Categories: Vocabulary

Again and Again

Again! by Emily GravettYou may find that when your children like a book, they will want to hear it over and over again. Repetition helps children to better understand the plot of the story, and also the individual words in the story. Try pointing out different words or pictures each time you read the story. This helps to build children’s vocabulary.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

By eemerick on November 27, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary

Under My Hood I Have a Hat

Under My Hood I Have a HatEven in a fairly simple story like Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin, there are words that we don’t use in everyday conversation. Even if you don’t talk about the meaning of all these words as you read, your child hears the words in the story and gets an idea of what they mean from hearing the story and from the pictures. This helps build vocabulary.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on September 2, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary

Under My Hood I Have a Hat

Under My Hood I Have a HatEven in a fairly simple story like Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin, there are words that we don’t use in everyday conversation. Even if you don’t talk about the meaning of all these words as you read, your child hears the words in the story and gets an idea of what they mean from hearing the story and from the pictures. This helps build vocabulary.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By MPPL on Categories: Vocabulary

Hey Diddle, Diddle

Hey Diddle, DiddleBooks include many rare words that your child may not have heard before. Don’t skip over them; go ahead and use the words that are unfamiliar to your child. When children grow up hearing lots and lots of words, they are more prepared when it comes time to learn to read. The book Hey Diddle, Diddle by Eve Bunting names many musical instruments. You can see what each of them looks like in the pictures.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on April 29, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary