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)