Categorization & Opposite Pairs

When children are very young, we monitor their language development by keeping track of exactly how many words they say. We do this because vocabulary is the cornerstone of language development and is one of the strongest predictors of how well, and how easy, a child will learn to read and write which then becomes the conduit for learning throughout the rest of the school years and beyond.   So, it’s absolutely crucial that we help children develop robust vocabulary skills in the early years.

One way we can do this is to show children how to make connections between words and ideas by engaging them in activities that focus on categorization, associations and opposite pairs.   Not only does this help them to better understand new words, it also helps them to "file" or organize words so that they can be properly stored and easily retrieved when needed.  These types of activities are commonly referred to as vocabulary building activities and really focus on  helping children establish strong cognitive networks for future learning. 

Use the items in the In, Out & All About kit along with our downloadable worksheets to find new and exciting ways to talk about, think about, and connect words!

Opposite Pairs

Help children increase their basic concept vocabulary by teaching opposite pairs. We have created 5 worksheets to get you started!

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Sorting items into groups is an important vocabulary building activity. We've created 5 worksheets to get you started!

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