Promoting Preschoolers’ Vocabulary Development(A Guide for Teachers) Dr. Michel GreenEDCI 5344
Why is developing Preschoolers’ vocabulary important?
· Learning vocabulary plays an important role in children’s ability to learn to read (Hart & Risley, 1995; Snow, 1982, 1991)
· Research Based Practices for increasing Preschoolers’ vocabulary
Practice 1: Identify approximately 25 vocabulary words central to comprehension of the books associated with the theme being taught (Rockwell, 1989/2005).
Practice 2: The 25 vocabulary words should be central to understanding of the learning concepts intended to be developed in the theme (Rockwell, 1989/2005).
Practice 3: Use vocabulary words that represent both contextualized and decontextualized language (Snow, 1991).
Practice 4: Relate the vocabulary words to the children’s experiences.
Practice 5: Provide multiple opportunities for the children to use theme related vocabulary in a meaningful context (Wasik & Bond, 2001).