Vocabulary Building for Confidence

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vocabulary-speech-activityWhen working on speech and language goals with children, it may be difficult to assess their vocabulary acquisition. Some children may be too shy to share what they know for fear of saying a word the wrong way. Other children may just be uncomfortable and unwilling. The goals during the start of the school year are to ease nervous energy and build confidence. Expanding vocabulary in fun ways will help each child with articulation, speech pragmatics, and confidence to talk with others in different situations.

Picture Collage Connection

Making collages are a fun way to incorporate vocabulary building into the routine. Provide magazines, old newspapers, and other items that you have collected for students to cut items out. Younger children may focus a collage on a start sound that you are working on during speech. The flexibility means that older students may also do this activity and focus on vowel sounds or rhyming words. Sections of the collage could be for a different focus or perhaps another page of a little book that may be taken home when finished.

While working on the collages, take time to have the child talk to you about what steps they are taking. This will work on their sequencing, correct word use, and conversational skills. Another connection to home would be to label items with the child’s other language used at home. This will help them to connect vocabulary, recall the words, and assist in interactions at home.

Vocabulary Book to Send Home

Flash card games are a wonderful tool to utilize during sessions to check on vocabulary. The downside is they are not always practical to send home for extra practice. Thanks to the Handout Maker on Tools for Educators, you can make vocabulary practice books to send home. This resource has over two thousand words. Some of the options are:

Classroom

  • Feelings and Emotions
  • People and Occupations
  • Chores
  • Recess Activities
  • Sports
  • Verbs

You make the choices for each student and it will create a sheet to print out. Laminate each sheet and make them into a flip book of vocabulary for kids. Simply punch holes at the top and use a clip to hold them together. Send home a dry erase marker and include instructions for multilingual families to assist them. The more practice at home the more confidence and skills children will bring back with them throughout the academic year.

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