“Academic talk” is different from everyday conversation and research shows that proficiency in academic talk is tied to success in literacy. Helping children understand how words are related to each other is a helpful practice for teaching academic vocabulary, which is why many preschool teachers use ‘themes’ or the ‘project approach’ in their curriculum planning. You can use this same strategy when reading books about animals in the fall if you link each animal’s autumn activity back to the concept of surviving in the winter.
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