Building Children’s Vocabulary
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Like Ms. Jenkins, you may feel that the vocabulary instruction you provide in the classroom is not enough to truly enhance your students’ vocabulary. Even if you encourage your students to fi nd new and interesting words and review vocabulary each week-including teaching words selected from your shared reading-this may not be enough to help your students to use new words in their writing or discussions. To enhance students’ vocabulary, you need parents’ support to reinforce words learned at school and to help children discover new words at home. McKeown and Beck (2004) explain, “The more that students discover how words are used and where they crop up outside of class, the greater chance that they will really use the words in their own speaking and writing, and come to own them” (p. 26). In this chapter you will learn new strategies for partnering with families to support children’s vocabulary development beyond the classroom so that they “discover” both new words and also become more aware of uses for words in a variety of contexts.