Key words like “ghost,” “kiss,” and “webcam” have vivid emotional meanings. They’re not boring words new readers often learn—like “look” and “over.” Key words are so interesting, children have no trouble learning them. Plus they develop a love for learning other unusual and interesting words.
To get started:
Give your child a file box or shoe box and index cards.
Explain that the box is for a collection of words just for him.
Tell your child he can select one word to put in the box every day.
Help your child decide what new word to write on an index card as often as possible.
Regularly take the cards out and help your child read his words.
To help your child think of colorful words, talk about interesting things. If your child likes trains, for example, talk about the sounds they make and the things they carry. Talk about movies and TV shows your child likes, too, and the characters and action in them.
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