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Vocabulary, knowing the names of things and understanding the meaning of words, is an important skill for children to have when they are learning to read.

The more words your child has in their “mental database,” the easier it will be for them to sound out familiar words when they start learning to read. Help develop your child's vocabulary by reading a variety of books with them, both fiction and nonfiction, and by naming the objects in your child's world.

Fun ways to develop vocabulary:

  • Explain unusual words in books—don't replace them.
  • Carry on lots of conversations with children.
  • Read non-fiction books that offer new words.
  • Show real items when possible. Especially for babies and toddlers—point to and name objects.
  • Use descriptive words whenever possible—“round ball,” “blue bear.”
  • Use words to express emotions (happy, sad, tired, scared, anxious, nervous) and use multiple words to explain ideas (when talking about being mad, say “angry,” “frustrated,” etc.).
  • Jul

    A Universe of Stories - Family Space Sessions: I Spy Space Table

    10:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    Drop in every week for a new adventure through space. <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"> Theme: I Spy Space Table

  • Jul

    FREE "picnic style" lunches this summer!

    12:00 PM @ Downtown Newark

    Anyone 18 and under can stop by the Downtown Newark Library from 12 - 1pm, Monday - Friday, for a healthy meal from June 3 through August 21. No questions asked.

  • Jul

    Next Chapter Book Club

    12:30 PM @ Downtown Newark - Teen Zone

    July: The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack LondonAugust: The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London

  • Jul

    Santa's in a Sweat - Christmas in July

    1:00 PM @ West Newark (Emerson R. Miller)

    This intergenerational program, co-hosted by Licking County Recycling, will help keep us cool. Learn to make wine cork ornaments, take photos in a very ugly sweater, and take part in a melted snowball...

  • Jul

    A Universe of Stories - Voyager 2019

    1:30 PM @ Downtown Newark - Lower Level Story Time Room

    The contents of the original Voyager were carefully selected to represent its senders and their habitat, humans living on Earth in the late 70s. We'll talk about those choices first. Then, we'll debat...