Take the Word “Enormous”

in Everyday Learning

As a child, I didn’t know my parents lured me into a love for the written word by reading aloud to me every night. The words they poured into my listening vocabulary were the words that fed my talking, reading, and writing. Now we do the same for our children from birth, and the benefits for our children’s success in learning are enormous.

“Let’s take the word enormous. If a child had never heard the word enormous, he’ll never say the word. And if he’s neither heard it nor said it, imagine the difficulty when it’s time to read it and write it. Listening comprehension must come before reading comprehension. The listening vocabulary is the reservoir of words that feeds the reading vocabulary pool.” — Jim Trelease, The New Read Aloud Handbook, 2nd ed.

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