Reading: Vocabulary Expansion

So you’ve taught your child how to read using Doman’s Reading Method, so what happens after you’ve completed the Doman reading program?  The reading kit is quite limited in terms of the number of words that it introduces to a child.  However, if you follow the reading program as outlined in Doman’s book “How to Teach Your Baby to Read“, parents are encouraged to continue the program on their own by making their own books for their children.

According to Grolier, for a child to be able to pick up any book and read it entirely on his own, he needs to have a reading vocabulary of about 5000 words.  Grolier have a Disney book series that is designed to expand your child’s reading vocabulary that will help your child to develop that reading vocabulary. Unfortunately, like most other things with the Grolier brand, it costs an arm and a leg.

After examining the books, I reckon you could achieve the same thing with “Times Giant Book of 4000 words” by Marshall Cavendish, available in MPH for a very reasonable RM45.90.  Sure, it’s 1000 words less, but I don’t really think it’s worth paying hundreds of dollars more for that extra thousand words.  If you’re really desperate to get that extra thousand words, you could do just as well by purchasing yourself a junior dictionary.  The Merriam-Webster Children’s Dictionary or the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary are just a couple of the many dictionaries for children that you could use.

Vocabulary Expansion

To make it more fun to introduce new words to your child, you can try books like Disney’s My Big Book of Words, My Big Word Book by Roger Priddy, or My Big Book of Words by Jenny Tulip.

Vocabulary Expansion

Another fun book is Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis.  Hinkler Books, one of my favourite publishers, also publishes another excellent book called “My Big Book of Words and Pictures“.

Vocabulary Expansion

There are many great books available that you can use to help you introduce new words to your child.  Alternatively, you can also make your own books and personalise them to your child.  Children love books about themselves. Making books about the subjects that your child loves is a sure-fire method for expanding his vocabulary.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

2 thoughts on “Reading: Vocabulary Expansion

  1. Hey, at BookExcess I got Times 1,000 Words for RM3! But I am not sure whether still got stock now. But I find that Ben does not like to read words individually. He prefers in context, as in the context of a Thomas story!


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