Word Aware- Teaching vocabulary across the day, across the curriculum!
Why Word aware?
Vocabulary levels are strong predictors of later literacy skills.
Without a good vocabulary, children struggle to understand what they are taught, to express how they feel, to manage social situations and resolve conflicts.
If a child is in the lowest 20% in vocabulary knowledge at age 5, and you want them to move to an average level within three years, they would have to learn 20 new words a day, every day, for each of those three years!