Strategy 8: Use writing to expand a child's vocabulary
What to Do
- Have the child label items and the places they are stored
- Write about both familiar tasks and special events focusing on key vocabulary and concepts
- Build background knowledge through experiences then brainstorm then write to teach vocabulary
- Create Predictable Chart stories about key concepts or to provide multiple opportunities to practice a target vocabulary word
- Create simple books about target topics
Things to Consider
- Are you targeting words that teach important concepts and that can be used frequently in multiple settings?
- Are you including interesting vocabulary?
- For example, pumpkins are round and orange, but they are also smooth and the inside is slippery, slick and slimy. You could use the opportunity to teach age-appropriate social expressions like Yuck! and Sick!
- How can you use the child's writing throughout the day in other tasks and activities to reinforce the words you are teaching?