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It's Time to Get Ready!
Discovery Place is partnering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Community School of the Arts to help Charlotte parents build their preschooler's vocabulary through Get Ready With Words.
Get Ready With Words is funded by a grant from PNC as part of PNC's Grow Up Great program, which helps children from birth to age 5 prepare for school.
The program provides weekly activities for families in the Grier Heights and Montclaire South communities and generates broad community awareness about the importance of vocabulary building.
Get Ready With Words is designed to teach parents to utilize different strategies to promote vocabulary development at home as a way to help ensure children are ready for success in kindergarten and beyond. Research shows that vocabulary skills are incredibly important and that a lag in vocabulary puts children at an academic disadvantage before they start their first day of kindergarten.
Strategies to Build Vocabulary
- Repetition is fundamental. In our program, children encounter the same words through different activities.
- Context helps children connect words to make meaning. We introduce words through stories, songs, science, art and active exploration so children experience words in many ways.
- Knowledge networks organize words into categories, to help children’s reasoning and overall comprehension. We cluster new words in familiar groups, to help children make connections to what they already know.
- Words of the week are introduced simply and explored through activities. The combination of explicit and implicit instruction reinforces learning.
Get Ready in Two Languages
Get Ready with Words is presented in English and Spanish, so children develop new concepts in a context familiar to both kids and caregivers. We encourage caregivers to use their home language for literacy skills, because concepts learned in a child’s native language are transferred as they learn English.
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