Listening is a treasured skill and can often be a forgotten skill if not practiced. Teaching children to listen and creating times when active listening happens can really help a reader’s mind grow.
Vocabulary is such an important component in becoming a successful reader. It expands our minds in more ways than one. It can help us visualize a scene in a story, feel an emotion from a main character, express our own self in our writing, and gives new meaning to many unknown words. It is the bridge between emergent readers and fluent readers. It is how we communicate.
From 1997 – 2000, the US Department of Education formed the National Reading Panel. The purpose of the panel was to determine the most effective way to teach reading. They reviewed over 100,000 reading studies to make their evaluation and put forth a recommended plan. Their plan is known as the BIG FIVE.