In Monday morning assembly this week, I spoke with the students about how our memory verse linked with learning; Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?
Often, what makes us fearful is uncertainty or unfamiliarity with new situations where we struggle to make connections with what we know already.
Reading is the most important skill that children learn in the primary years and although developing and honing these skills can sometimes be daunting, they play a hugely important role in developing vocabulary and language skills.
Broad and rich vocabulary can:
- Build understanding: research has shown that children need to understand 98% of the words they read in order to understand what they are reading. Strong vocabulary skills, therefore, improve understanding of books and texts.
- Develop thinking skills: children who develop a rich vocabulary tend to be deeper thinkers, express themselves better and read more.
- Support relationships: communication skills are key in building supportive relationships and friendships by enabling children to make their feelings, ideas and views understood.
- Aid writing: having a wide and varied vocabulary helps children to become effective writers. Students often need to use formal tones when writing – not conversational language – and to do that, they need a rich vocabulary to tap into those words we don’t always use when we speak.
- Finally, to fulfil the potential given to each of us by God to go out into the world and do good.