I have really been slacking in posting to this Student Success page, but I want
to discuss the issue of improving your child’s vocabulary. This is one area
that the kids can always use further development. The 4th grade teachers spent
A LOT of time teaching vocabulary and vocabulary strategies, but vocabulary
development often needs further development in 5th grade and even 6th grade as
well. Good vocabulary can be the key to improving reading comprehension and
improving writing skills as well.
We have been working on improving word attack skills. This includes usin
context clues and looking at word parts (roots, prefixes, suffixes, etc.). As
your child reads, encourage them to determine the part of speech (noun, verb,
adjective, or adverb) and look at word parts. This information can prove
valuable in determining the meaning of an unknown word. Then, have your child
look at the sentence and paragraph to finally determine the meaning.
Idioms or common phrases are also often difficult for students. We have been
discussing idioms in class such as "don't cry over spilt milk" and "don't let
the cat out of the bag." While many of us grew up on the phrases while watching
Bugs Bunny cartoons, kids today often don't have as much exposure to such
phrases and yet, knowlege of those phrases can be so helpful.
It comes down to a simple fact. The more children read AND DISCUSS challenging
fiction and nonfiction literature at their level, the better readers they will
Let me know if you need any assistance in choosing books for your child.