Notes from Story Time Category: Vocabulary

Let’s Go Bird Watching

How many birds can you find in your yard? Do you see a robin? How about a chickadee? Have you ever seen a cardinal? A blue jay? To get your in the mood for bird watching, count along with Miss Amy as she sings the Bird Song. Not only is bird watching a great way to teach children about science and nature, but it also teaches children to notice similarities and differences, which will be an important skill when they learn how to read. Your children might also learn some new vocabulary!

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Reading Wordless Books

Reading wordless picture books with children stimulates their imagination and builds their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Check out this video for some fun wordless book suggestions!

What Does This Mean?

Reading and talking with your child helps build vocabulary by introducing new words. When you read a book to your child, it’s okay to stop briefly to point out a new word and what it means.

What Shapes Do the Clouds Make?

Talking prepares your child to learn to read by helping them acquire language skills and teaching them new vocabulary. Talk to your kids throughout the day about anything and everything. In It Looked Like Spilt Milk by  Charles Shaw, your child will get a chance to see different things in the shapes of the clouds. Looking at the world around you and talking to your child about what you see can be done anywhere. Next time you see clouds in the sky, ask your child what he or she sees.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Playing matching games helps children see what is alike and different in objects and letters. Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon shows the differences in baseball in two cultures. As you read this book, talk about the differences in each picture. This will help your child learn new vocabulary as well as that the world is multicultural.