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EXPANDING Preschoolers' Vocabulary: The Role of Professional Development

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[...] Early Reading First (ERF) programs provide specific professional development intended to strengthen preschool teachers' vocabulary instruction. The local Head Start agency required both treatment and control classrooms to implement the High Reach Curriculum, which included nine theme-based units with suggested weekly activities addressing language, literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development, approaches to learning, physical health and development, and creative arts (Mayberry & Kelley, 2008). [...] during the unit on the Wild West, teachers introduced the words "cowboy" and "horse" (clapping the syllables), using picture cards and poems.\n For example, one teacher commented, I see read-alouds, small-group lessons, and conversations during center time or outdoor play as opportunities to boost my children's vocabulary.

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