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Decorate with Words...Really!

Posted by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Kiddo is loving this new thing called reading. She's made huge strides and is absorbing everything she can, reading every subway sign, all of the pamphlets in the seat pockets of airplanes....just loving this HUGE world that's been opened up to her.

Part of what we did when she was just figuring out words was create a word wall at home, similar to what she had in her kindergarten classroom. We covered the wall by her bed with words - some of the ones she'd run across the most in her books, some other favorite words (like yellow, for her favorite color, tiger and leopard, her favorite big cat animals).  At night, she'd read all of the words on her word wall and head off to dreamland. It was great.

But, now, of course, she knows all of the words, so we have to pick some new words for her wall. I'm checking out the Dolch word list, which is a list of 220 "service words" (words that kids run across most often in reading) and 95 nouns, broken down by grade. Here's a snapshot of some of that list:

This is an excellent springboard for your word wall, but there are many ways you can make a word wall word just right for your kids:

-- Make a phonics word wall. Especially with beginning readers, as kids are just figuring out sounds, make a wall with words of the same sounds: words starting with st-, th-, pl- and so on, and ending with the same like -ot, -all, - ox, and -et.

-- Make an interest word wall. If your kiddo is into trucks and cars, make a wall of words that go with that: construction, wheel, lift, drive and so on. If she's into dinosaurs, put up the names of different dinosaurs and eras. You can do anything from music (think about all of the different instruments and terms) to sports to animals to space.

-- Make a basic everyday word wall. All of the things she may come across like colors, numbers, directions (up, left, right, backwards), days of the week, months of the year.

-- Make a definitions word wall. This is for kids who are reading already, and it's such a great idea that I got from a mommy friend of mine. Put up words like self-discipline or perseverance, gratitude, courage, tolerance and so on, along with kid-friendly definitions so they can learn and absorb those words and meanings. It's awesome to tap into that love of reading to help them teach themselves some inner strengthing words.

Do you have words up in your home? Share how your kids "play" with words too!


by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jul. 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

We don't have anything like this up, but my son is a lot like your daughter. He's 6, going into first grade, I think the same age as your daughter. He is also just taking off w reading, wants to read everything possible (including everything on my FB page, which isn't always so good).

What did you use to put the words up? Are they just on paper?

by on Jul. 22, 2013 at 8:02 AM

I wan to do that to my living room wall

by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 8:59 AM

My dd had a word wall in kindergarten, but we don't have anything like that at home.

by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM

What great ideas!

We don't have word walls in our home, but my 4 (almost 5) year old is reading signs on the road when we are driving.  I think he does he more than our 7 year old.  Or maybe my 7 year old just doesn't say anything because the 4 year old is such a talker LOL

by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 10:13 AM

cool. NO I didnt, but I think I will do this for my youngest child when she is ready to learn to read

by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 10:23 AM

We do.  We used to have more, they are older now.  I would also take pics around town of letters.  Like the M in the McDonald's sign, H in the Holiday Inn sign etc.  Then I'd spell out words with the letters and print them put for the girls.

by Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM

great Idea I just put a stickable sign in DD's room saying make your own kind of Beautiful

by Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Great idea!

by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Oh I like how you're doing this. =)

by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 2:05 PM
That's a great idea!
I'm doing this:)
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