An article worth reading…
By Dr. Shelley Stagg Peterson, OISE/University of Toronto
“By Grade 4, children whose vocabulary knowledge is below grade level are likely to have difficulties in reading comprehension. How can teachers in primary classrooms support students’ vocabulary development?”
Tips to Support Students’ Vocabulary Development
- Teachers can support vocabulary development by participating in children’s play using new vocabulary appropriate to the play context.
- During play, teachers can make connections to children’s prior knowledge and add content to children’s play scenarios in ways that expand children’s understandings.
- As teachers observe, listen, and respond to what children are doing and saying, they extend and build on children’s language and learning.
She goes on to discuss:
- The Teacher’s Role in Supporting Vocabulary Development Through Play
- Suggestions for Supporting Oral Language Through Play
Very practical and has huge relevance for teachers doing Discovery Time.