WordPLAY: Do your kids play with trucks, dolls AND words?

According to Einstein, “Play is the highest form of research” but does this just refer to water play or pretend play?
No! WordPLAY, the ability to understand, use and play with language, more specifically vocabulary, will have a significant impact on your child’s success in school and in life.

In fact, as Stahl and Nagy (2006) report, the size of children’s vocabulary knowledge is strongly related to how well they will come to understand what they read.

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My daughter thinks the moon is a ball…

We live in the middle of Brisbane City in a small Queenslander so my daughter’s first words so far have been quite ‘city-slickerish’.  Light (ight); fan, (ffff); ball (ba_); and shoes (sooz) are some of her earliest and best words so far.

So the ‘nature-lover’ in me was delighted to see her pointing up at the moon the other night.  Funnily enough, while she pointed to the moon, she unmistakably announced that it was a ‘ball’.  This mistake made me laugh but I also found it fascinating to reflect upon first words and how language develops.

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