Preschool Vocabulary Learning and Instruction

By Theresa A. Roberts Last updated 2024/05/27
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In this International Dyslexia Association Perspectives article, Theresa A. Roberts explores the topic of vocabulary acquisition of children, particularly multilingual learners and learners from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The article outlines factors that impact vocabulary acquisition and highlights how children learn words. The article explains the general features of strong vocabulary instruction with concrete examples for the classroom setting including a one-page handout on 15 ways to build vocabulary in the classroom.

Curriculum Connection

B1. Oral and Non-Verbal Communication
This article supports the teaching of vocabulary learning in the early grades. It highlights the importance of robust vocabulary instruction and provides examples on how to achieve this in the classroom context. 
Grade(s): K 1

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  1. This is very insightful, I deeply appreciate the formula:
    Input (language models) + Intake (child) + output (child) = Language Learning

    This would be a very meaningful PD session to create and really dive into the meanings of this formula.

    Appreciated the chart of 15 things that an educator can do to build vocabulary as well – and information to support multilingual learners as well.

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