Tips For Building Vocabulary For Better Listening and Reading Comprehension

Welcome back to the Morning Meeting! This week's episode briefly explained the Science of Reading, its history, and my strategies for increasing comprehension. Next week we will continue this discussion into the core pillars of the Science of Reading by talking about phonemic awareness.

As early childhood educators, we recognize the importance of vocabulary when it comes to reading comprehension. The goal of reading isn't memorizing words but for learners to interpret their meanings and connect the dots appropriately. In my classroom, I increase my learners' exposure to different words by incorporating Word Charts.

Words charts like this one introduce synonyms, keep children engaged, and make our Read Aloud time even more impactful. For more information and tips on The Science of Reading head over to the podcast.

In this blog post, I am going into detail about how you can use word charts to keep children engaged and expand comprehension through vocabulary. Words charts along with stories and open discussions are valuable tools in developing our learners into life-long readers.

1. Character books a. Have your children choose a character book. In the podcast, I talk about some pre-planning activities that will make this exercise flow smoothly. Character books give us context clues and words that deal with emotions, thus creating opportunities for learners to become more empathetic towards themselves and others. If you recall from the episode on Building A Classroom Library, I discussed the importance of having diversity in your library - having books about different places, cultures, etc. can add another layer of richness to your word charts.

2. Identify words that explain emotion - a. By incorporating "turn and talk", into reading time students have an opportunity to identify words that express emotion. Dr. Phillip Shaver explained that as a child matures, so does their understanding of emotions. To help children move beyond the three basic feelings of happy, sad, mad. The word chart begins to expand on these emotions.