10-second review: Activities parents can do with their young children at home to support learning to read: vocabulary.
Title: “Strategies for Engaging Parents in Home Support of Reading Acquisition.” Sharon Darling. Reading Teacher (February 2005), 476-479. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).
Activities for Parents and Children: Vocabulary.
Read aloud a variety of genres.
Talk with the child about daily events and about books they read together.
Talk about how the illustrations and text in a book support each other.
Use word lists provided by the child’s teacher in natural conversation.
Search for new words in texts with the child and look them up in the dictionary.
Help the child learn new vocabulary based on hobbies or interests.
Comment: Children’s dictionaries are fun to read. However, you don’t have to look up every word. Just discuss interesting words. RayS.