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September Early Literacy Tip

Build Vocabulary

Good readers have a large vocabulary! The more words children know, the better they can understand what they read.
You can help children learn lots of words by:
  • Having plenty of conversations. Take turns talking. It is important for you to ask questions and listen to what children say in response.
  • Read together! A lot!
  • Make connections. Connect what you are reading in books to their lives. “Yes, Grandma has a black cat, too!”
  • Repetition. Children often love to read the same book over and over. This is a good thing as repeated readings help build vocabulary.
(taken from the Public Library Association’s 2021 Early Literacy Activities Calendar)