The words children are exposed to regularly become a part of their everyday vocabulary. Creating a space where children can refer to, observe, listen to, and repeat familiar, new, or theme-related words is the basis of good auditory, linguistic, and communication development. One way to do this is to create a word wall in your preschool classroom.
The Fireflies curriculum helps you build your own word wall by offering four Word Wall Words in each monthly kit. July’s first theme, America the Beautiful, includes the words America and map. Both cards offer children an early exposure to geography, social studies, and patriotism. Children will learn the words fish and hook in Fishing Fun, July’s second theme. Fishing Fun is a summer-inspired theme, during which children will learn about fish, caring for fish as pets, other sea animals, and the sport of fishing.
The Word Wall Words are also referenced in story time activities and in the books section on the Exploration Stations pages of the Curriculum Guide, where you will find suggestions and ideas for how to incorporate the words into children’s free play.
Benefits of Using the Word Wall Words in Your Setting
There are several benefits of using a word wall. Children will memorize words more efficiently as they associate the words with their pictures. Using a word wall will also bring them closer to effectively reading and writing as they learn letters, words, and sounds. The word wall is also a very useful tool for children who are learning English as their second language.
Cues for Including Word Wall Words in Your Daily Routine
- Have paper and writing tools available for children to practice writing the words from the word wall as part of their free play. They may also use their fingers to trace the letters on the cards.
- Reference Word Wall Words daily during small-and whole-group activities or during reading time.
- Rotate words or add words and names pertinent to children to the word wall regularly to maintain their interest and curiosity in learning new words.