Taking Delight in Words: Using Oral Language to Build Young Children’s Vocabularies

We start by noting where words for young children’s vocabulary development do not come from – and that is from the basal text materials that children are asked to read early in the course of reading acquisition. This is because, given beginning readers’ word identification limitations, the text materials used in the early phases of learning to read should comprise words children know from oral language, that is, simple words like run and ball

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