The most helpful thing we did during my time in this class was all that work with the Word Wall.

Former student, Garrett

BUILDING VOCABULARY AT HOME

Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 08-21-2014

An easy way to help your child do better in school is to make a point of using the vocabulary highlighted in our ever-growing Word Wall at home. The more your child HEARS, SEES and INTERACTS with these words, the better!

Happily, there are MANY ways to do this! The options are limited only by your imagination. The rest of this page outlines a few good approaches.

DIG FOR MEANING

Lots of words can be used in more than one way. Click on the graphics to see how we're using and explaining them.A tiny graphic showing a few words from our Word Wall page.

KEEP UP TO DATE

Make a point of checking the list for new words from time-to-time.

The list of words kids are expected to know continues to grow throughout their whole time in THRIVE and all of their words (from all of their years) are testable at any time.

JUST USE THEM

Make an effort to use these words when you talk with your child.

A graphic showing a small family.

MAKE 'EM VISIBLE

Post a list of words on a tack board in the child's bedroom — or even on the fridge door where everyone can be reminded of them!

A picture of the tiled word game, Bananagrams.
PLAY GAMES

Use these words in language games like Boggle, Hangman or Bananagrams.

"You'll get double-points if you can use one of your Word Wall Words!"

PRINT 'EM

The colorful graphics that the kids create in class are printable. They are pictures that show us how to pronounce and spell and remember them!

A tiny graphic showing a few words from our Word Wall page.

A tiny graphic showing a few words from our Word Wall page.
SPELLING CITY

Encourage your child to use their SpellingCity account on your home computer or iPad.

LOOK FOR PATTERNS

Our goal is to help your child develop a bigger vocabulary and a better understanding of how words are spelled.

By studing SOME words in depth, we've found that kids' overall reading and spelling skills improve greatly!