Vocabulary acquisition

Children acquire a significant amount of their vocabulary before entering school. Direct approaches to vocabulary acquisition have proved more effective than letting children infer the meaning of new words (A. Biemiller, “Teaching Vocabulary,” 2001). As a parent, it is important to take time to explain new words and to expose your child to as many words as possible. This exposure comes from written and verbal language. Vocabulary knowledge is strongly related to reading proficiency and can never be taught too early.

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