Teaching Vocabulary

  • USING IMAGERY TO LEARN VOCABULARY

    Beth Powell, The Reading Clinic

    We’ve worked with many kids who can tell you the definition of a word but have no idea what it means. They’ve simply memorized the definition. When your child is learning a new word or word families, look up the image on the Internet and have them describe the image. Not what it is, but what it looks like. If they can act out the word or connect the image to a personal experience, that can be very helpful as well. After they have learned the meaning of a word, their job is to look at a picture and tell you the word it represents. Then they can practice using it in a sentence.

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