We know that the vocabulary gap is the biggest learning gap between students that are successful, and students that struggle. But what does that mean?
If you hear a word, but you don't understand it, or what it means, it isn't going to register the same way that it does with someone else.
Let me give you a simple example -- "put the chairs on the terrace please"
If you have never heard of "terrace" you know you are being asked to put chairs somewhere, and you are being asked nicely. But what's a terrace?
The same thing happens in classrooms. The better base of vocabulary that your child has, and uses (for their age, we aren't looking to push a Kinder student to read third grade words) the stronger the foundation that they have for learning success.
Preschool is a great start to building that foundation. But there are a lot of things you can do at home too. One of the best is reading books together. Stories, stories, stories - lot's of them!
And then also using words they learn, in their real world. If you read that Grover likes to hide under the stairs, what does that mean, what does that look like? Are we opening stairs?
Telling stories, asking questions, and hearing stories, are a key to a successful foundation.
Until next time, take care of you!
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K