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Starting a Word Bank

Start a bank of words that appear often in your child’s favorite books. Write them on cards for your child to read and recognize in books.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read "Are You My Mother?" By P. D. Eastman. Select high frequency words such as 'mother' and 'you' to add to the word cards. As you select additional words, be sure to select simple words that are going to be used often.

    -Make duplicates of a small group of word cards (for example: red, blue, yellow, green, orange) and play a matching game with them.

Adjust for an older child

Allow the child to write some of the letters as you are making the word cards.

Adjust for a younger child

Encourage the child to name specific objects when you point at pictures in the text such as straw, brick, wolf. This activity reinforces the child's developing vocabulary.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Reading Words

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