Helping Young Children Learn New Words

Adult reading book to children outdoors

For children, learning to read means continually building an ever-growing vocabulary of words. Child care providers are a key part in this process of vocabulary development.

Vocabulary is the number of words known or used by a person. Children use simple words that they understand. Generally, children understand more words than they use. The average preschooler knows about 5,000 words. By the end of high school the average young adult will know about 60,000 words. A child’s vocabulary will gradually …

Helping Young Children Understand What They Have Read

Girl reading book next to painting

As children become more familiar with books, their abilities to remember and comprehend stories will improve. Comprehension means that children understand what they have read. It is a skill that becomes important as children enter school. As children better comprehend stories, they will be better at remembering, analyzing and using the information.

Strategies to Help Children Understand What They Read

Child care providers can learn to ask questions in ways that help children better understand what they have read. The …