Talk, Talk, Talk

Oral language skills are important because without a strong understanding of language, children will have difficulty understanding the words they read.  Children with large vocabularies have a much easier time decoding words as they begin to read.  So let’s start to build these large vocabularies!  

What you can do: 

  • Read aloud and discuss the story and meanings of words as you read 
  • Use rare words (for a great explanation of why you should use big words with your children, check out this website)
  • Encourage original storytelling  
  • Engage in conversation (especially at mealtimes) 

Mom reading to children