Interactive book reading has been shown to improve children’s comprehension and acquisition of new vocabulary (Storkel, Voelmle, Fierro, Flake, Fleming, Swinburne 2017). This technique is very easy to implement while reading with a child. If you come across a word that may be unfamiliar to your child, you can: define the word, provide a synonym, or use the word in a different sentence. For example, if you read the word “enormous” you can take a break from reading and say, “Enormous means very big.” Or you could say, “Enormous is another word for huge. The tree in our yard is enormous!” That’s it – a very simple and effective way to build vocabulary skills. Read more about the study using this technique with language-delayed kindergarteners in the article below.
Storkel, Holly L., Krista Voelmle, Veronica Fierro, Kelsey Flake, Kandace K. Fleming, and Rebecca Swinburne Romine. “Interactive Book Reading to Accelerate Word Learning by Kindergarten Children With Specific Language Impairment: Identifying an Adequate Intensity and Variation in Treatment Response.” Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools 48.1 (2017).