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Vocabulary isthe basis for learning language. Educational research shows that ‘vocabulary is stiongly related to reading comprehension, inteligence, and general ability. AS chldven learn to ead, they must learn fo decode (sound-out) print, but they also must have a vocabulary base (word knowledge) n order to make sense of wnat they decode. By thi grade, however, children are reading te learn. For example, a child who is reading to learn about the Revolutionary War needs to know words lke war, army, and horses (a basic ‘vocabuiaty) o understand the history lesson. At the same time, however. the child wil ikely learn new words lke artilery and revolution—continuing to build his/her vocabulary. Pee eae Read to your child; read with your child: expose your hid to plenty of reading materials. Tal to your child about the environment around you. Encourage your child to tel you about his or her day—wihat books helshe checked out atthe Hbrary, who heshe sat by during luncn, something funny that happened at school, etc. There is variety of games, books, and card decks designed around the development of vocabulary ‘pansies oe RD