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. One might argue that if a child has a strong foundation in phonics, he can read just about any word. However, being able to decode the pronunciation of a word using phonics and understanding what it means isn’t necessarily the same thing.
There are many ways to increase your child’s vocabulary. Disney’s “Words, Words, Words” book series has been very popular with my boys, especially G2, who finds the humour very appealing. The books have encouraged him to test out new words, like “wild” and “tame” – “I’m feeling wild today”; or “I’m famished!” instead of “I’m so hungry!”. Although there are many children’s dictionaries available – some of which I have bought and left on the children’s bookshelf – I find that Disney’s Words Words Words series draws the most attention. G2 will pull them off the bookshelf and go through them on his own without prompting. He’ll insist on bringing them to car to read while we’re on the way to school or waiting for his brother to finish school.
I’m a subscriber to the idea that a good book is the one that draws you child to it and these books do just that…
There are four books in the series:
- Words that Name Things
- Words about Doing Things
- Words that are Opposites
- Words that Describe Things
Disney’s Words Words Words is a series of books that appears to be available only from Grolier. Containing 6000 words divided into 4 functional word-groups – nouns, verbs, antonyms, and adjectives & adverbs – these books are a really fun way to develop your child’s vocabulary.