One of my favorite methods to teach is through the use of Vocabulary. Now, I admit this could go wrong… very wrong if not done in the proper manner. However, using vocabulary to teach other subjects besides building language skills and reading vocabulary is not a common choice. Yet, the research does support the use of vocabulary to enrich and solidify instruction in other subjects.
Dr. David Chard, a consultant with Houghton Mifflin Math says, “While young students learn how to “do” math, they must also learn how to articulate what they are learning. Children must learn to recognize and answer why questions in order to develop problem solving skills. And for teachers to accurately assess student progress, children must first need to acquire the means of explaining how they solve problems as well as what concepts might not be clear to them.”
You see using vocabulary instruction for other subjects simply enriches and increases a student’s understanding and ability to communicate within that subject. In fact, at the Vocabulary Spelling City website, you will see not just vocabulary to increase literacy skills, but also vocabulary to assist in learning science and even math vocabulary. Yet, I hope you realize that that isn’t all you can use vocabulary with. I love using vocabulary to polish and build foreign language skills, study social studies, and develop geography skills. So, the next time you start developing a homeschool unit of study – make sure you add vocabulary to your instruction. You might be surprised at how quickly your student’s start putting it all together!