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VOCABULARY

frustrated_Reader250x197What is vocabulary?

Put simply, vocabulary is knowledge of words and the meanings of words. For young children, vocabulary often means “sight words” — words that should be easily and quickly recognized beginning readers.

For older students, vocabulary often means nearly the opposite: “hard words” that students must know to be able to read increasingly demanding texts with comprehension.

A broad and deep vocabulary increases the ability to read, comprehend and write well.

Words and their meanings need to be taught both directly and indirectly, using several methods.

These include:

  • Direct instruction of target words
  • Instruction of target words in context
  • Student-friendly definitions
  • Multiple exposures to target words

Vocabulary instruction should make a person think about word meanings along with their relationship to other words and how they are used in a variety of situations. Teaching commonly used prefixes, roots, and suffixes will increase a student’s vocabulary in dramatic ways. Research tells us that vocabulary instruction does lead to reading comprehension gains but this instruction needs to be done at the level appropriate to the learner.

If a reader encounters a word that is in their oral vocabulary, the reader will be able to understand it is printed text. If a reader encounters a word he has never seen or heard, then he must use other methods to determine the meaning of the word. The larger a vocabulary the reader has, the easier it is to make sense of text.

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10:00 am Rhyming to Reading: Early Childh... @ Educational Therapy Center
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Rhyming to Reading: Early Childhood Literacy Program @ Educational Therapy Center
This program, developed by the speech and language specialists at Children’s Mercy Hospital, helps “establish a strong foundation for future reading success.” The curriculum uses multi-sensory activities to teach phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and[...]
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9:00 am Phonological Awareness Workshop @ Educational Therapy Center
Phonological Awareness Workshop @ Educational Therapy Center
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Phonological Awareness Workshop @ Educational Therapy Center
Phonological awareness is considered a necessary foundation for successful reading. Participants will learn the essential components of phonological awareness and how to develop these skills in a classroom. Hands-on practice with manipulatives will be used[...]
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9:00 am Long and Short Vowels @ Educational Therapy Center
Long and Short Vowels @ Educational Therapy Center
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Long and Short Vowels @ Educational Therapy Center
A hands on demonstration of teaching these vital phonics elements of reading and spelling. Learning the sounds of the letters in our alphabet is one of the first steps in learning to read. Discrimination of[...]
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9:00 am Phonics Instruction and General ... @ Educational Therapy Center
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Phonics Instruction and General Spelling Rules @ Educational Therapy Center
A hands-on workshop presented by an experienced classroom teacher using multi-sensory methods to teach the rules of spelling. Did you know there are several rules for explaining why we read and spell many words the[...]
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9:00 am Syllable Division Workshop @ Educational Therapy Center
Syllable Division Workshop @ Educational Therapy Center
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Syllable Division Workshop @ Educational Therapy Center
An experienced classroom teacher will incorporate techniques found useful in effective structured literacy instruction for all. Longer words do not need to feel like an insurmountable obstacle for your students. When your readers and spellers[...]

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