"Children read to learn - even when they are reading fantasy, nonsense, light verse, comics or the copy on the cereal packets, they are expanding their minds all the time, enlarging their vocabulary, making discoveries - it is all new to them"
“By reading so much, my vocabulary automatically improved along with my comprehension.”
"Vocabulary acquisition is distributed and incremental; that is, it is best done when encounters with words are spaced or spread out over time, and it happens a little at a time."
Understandings About How We Learn Words
Our depth of word knowledge is determined by how we use words.
We need to have a reason to learn new words. Engagement matters.
Words are concepts related to other words and can have multiple uses, which means that our knowledge of wards can deepen.
We learn words both through intentional instruction and incidentally.
Providing rich and varied language experiences
Fostering word consciousness
Teaching word-learning strategies
Teaching individual words