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Our Current Focus: Vocabulary

Vocabulary plays an important part in learning to read. Beginning readers must use the words they hear orally to make sense of the words they see in print. Kids who hear more words spoken at home learn more words and enter school with better vocabularies. This larger vocabulary pays off exponentially as a child progresses through school.

Consider, for example, what happens when a beginning reader comes to the word dig in a book. As she begins to figure out the sounds represented by the letters d, i, g, the reader recognizes that the sounds make up a very familiar word that she has heard and said many times. It is harder for a beginning reader to figure out words that are not already part of their speaking (oral) vocabulary.

Vocabulary is key to reading comprehension. Readers cannot understand what they are reading without knowing what most of the words mean. As children learn to read more advanced texts, they must learn the meaning of new words that are not part of their oral vocabulary.

-Reading Rockets, 2021

Other Videos

Orthographic Mapping

Learn how to help your students map words in their brain using phoneme-grapheme mapping. This can be used on ANY word, especially irregular high frequency words. Watch the video to learn more!

View the presentation here!

Open Court Alphabet Chant

All of the letters A-Z in a 5 minute chant. Complete with motions, sayings, and picture cards.

Find the sound action cards here!

Get the alphabet card slideshow here!

Sound Walls

Learn how to incorporate a sound wall into your classroom and what it does to help your students. Make the shift from a word wall to a sound wall!

Find the vowel valley here!

Find the consonant chart here!

Pear Deck #1

An introduction to pear deck (interactive technology software for Google Slides). This focuses on the student-led presentation.

Pear Deck #2

A continuation for pear deck focusing on the teacher-led presentation.

7 Habits Songs

All 7 songs on one video for the 7 habits.