The Power of Vocabulary
Exposure to new words at a very young age plays one of the MOST important roles in developing a robust and wide vocabulary and building strong language and literacy skills.
Research shows that while word attack skills and letter–word identification at the beginning of first grade are strong predictors of reading comprehension at the end of first grade, vocabulary was the best predictor of reading comprehension at the end of 2nd and 3rd grades.
Knowledge of many different words contributes to:
How to Make a Vocabulary Jar
Does your child's face fill with dread when you mention practicing "vocabulary?" You're not alone. Learning new words can feel overwhelming for young kids sometimes, but "vocabulary practice" doesn't always need to be monotonous flashcards and daunting worksheets. Enter . . . the vocabulary jar!
A dedicated vocabulary jar that lives in your home encourages children to regularly learn and practice new words along with their definitions.
1. Pick out words your child needs to learn - remember to use high-frequency words as well as fun, wild words.
2. Cut up paper big enough on which to fit the words (one word per piece of paper).
3. Have your child write out the word and its definition and decorate the paper (repeat this step with each word).
4. Fold up each paper so they can fit in the jar and place the jar in an easy to access place in the house.
5. Start a new tradition with your child where they pick a word out of the jar and practice it with you! Maybe it's every morning when they wake up, every night when they go to bed, or every time you head out to the car.
Tips for practicing vocabulary words:
Don't let the fun stop with the jar! Once your child has learned a new word, make it an active part of every day - use the word in regular conversation with them, play the word in a game like Scrabble or Boggle, you name it!
UPDATE: The R2S drive-in fundraising event will not be taking place this month. A virtual event is being planning for this fall, however, so stay tuned!
Fall is just around the corner, and we are excited to officially invite you to Read to Succeed's annual fall fundraiser! We are throwin' it back this year with an old-school drive-in event at the Asheville Outlets on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, from 7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Our drive-in fundraising dinner will feature a gourmet catered box dinner from Celine & Co., free giveaways, and a big-screen presentation about Read to Succeed (which you can tune into from your car's radio station) - all in a socially-distanced, safe environment.
Click the button below to learn more about the fundraising event and sign up to reserve a parking spot.
At the event, you will learn more about how R2S is working to close the literacy achievement gap in Asheville and Buncombe County. We will also be sharing how we have adapted our one-to-one reading tutoring program to a virtual format to continue tutoring and supporting K-3rd grade students in achieving grade-level reading proficiency.
Your commitment to our local students is needed more than ever. All attendees will be given the opportunity at the event to make a donation to R2S via cash, check, or mobile transaction. Our goal is to raise $50K, and we know that with your support, we can make this happen.
Please spread the word by sharing this blog post or click here to download a flyer you can print/share. We look forward to seeing you at the drive-in!
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe (R2S) is a local, independent nonprofit on a mission to help close the