I am finishing my Reading specialist program (hence the absence of posts) and am learning a lot of information. One of the benefits of studying online is not the amount of new knowledge gained but the incessant possibilities of applying such knowledge in practice. One of the things I tackled on one of my courses is the need for parent information on vocabulary development and how to create a literacy rich environment to promote it.
Attached is a paper I wrote for the course and it is still a work in progress but Vocabulary Instruction for Young Children presents the importance of vocabulary instruction, why I feel it is missing in the early childhood education scene and possible activities that can be done to help children improve on their vocabulary.
For parents and educators wishing to read more on Vocabulary development here are some very interesting websites to start you off:
- Talking Point the first stop for information on children’s communication
- Talaris Institute handout for parents on Emergent Literacy. Be sure to check out the Talaris institute website for more information on language and communication.
- Interest Based Everyday Literacy Activity Checklist from the Center for Early Literacy Learning is a handy checklist of activities that are done (or can be done) at home.
- Michigan Department of Education has published engaging activity books: Family FUNdamentals for K to grade 1 and Family FUNdamentals School-Home Literacy connections for Pre-k to K level. There are also materials for grade 1 and grade 2 including Math activities from Pre-k till grade 2
- An article that differentiates the views on reading was written by Dorothy Strickland on Emergent Literacy How Young Children Learn to Read
If you are like me, you would probably be reading one resource after another and wishing for more! Perhaps we can start a link up of resources found on this topic? Would love to know what others have in their list of must-read articles or even books!