Reading Corner

The Reading Corner

“Fancy” nouns, clever verbs, awesome adjectives- all kinds of words make up good vocabulary. Here are ways to increase the number of words your child knows, making him or her a stronger reader, writer and speaker.

Bring nouns to life

Your reader has probably sat on an ottoman, but she or he may not realize that’s what it’s called. When she hears or reads a “fancy” noun (person, place or thing), encourage him or her to write it on a sticky note. Have your reader use the note to label the object. She could stick bureau on the dresser or label the hallway with corridor.

Act out verbs

This charades game will teach your child interesting new verbs (action words). First, brainstorm a list of verbs (run, hop, sing, sweep). Include ones she or he doesn’t know like chuckle or stomp, explaining what they mean. Take turns acting out a word from the list- whoever guesses it goes next.

Add an adjective

Have your youngster find an object and choose an adjective (descriptive word) for it. Example: “This is a purple hairbrush.” Then, you take the item and add a word, perhaps an unusual one (“This is a sturdy purple hairbrush”). Pass it back and forth until you can’t come up with another adjective. Play again with a new item.

My Book Picks for the Month:

On the Spot: Countless Funny Stories (Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Lea Redmond)

This clever rhyming book invites readers to join in the storytelling. Each page has a fill in the blank spot where your youngster can place a sticker or small object- and it becomes part of the tale. Read the book again using new items and get entirely different giggle-worthy story.


How People Learned to Fly (Fran Hodgkins)

People tired many ideas on the path to inventing the airplane. You child will love these fun facts about the history of flight. An activity at the end invites readers to experiment with creating their own airplanes.


Happy reading and writing!

                                                          Mrs. Marzocchi