Understanding Words

Authored by Andrea Thompson PhD
Illustrated by Tovaun McNeil
Published by BLUE ARTISTS

Your child’s ability to comprehend text is in part dependent on development of phonics and blending skills; however, comprehension is largely dependent on readers’ ability to understand how groups of words convey meaning. This can be achieved through knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Children must be able to define, apply, and analyze parts of speech based on their awareness of grammatical elements such as nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, subject-verb agreements, and types of sentences. Children need to understand that words can have multiple meanings depending on the context in which words are used, and that awareness of prefix, suffix, homophones, homographs, similes, and metaphors will enhance their ability to apply and analyze the spoken and written forms of words.

Understanding Words focuses on helping parents teach children the rigors of grammar and vocabulary. Parents will be pleased with the straightforward and simple manner in which the rules associated with elements of grammar and vocabulary are presented, thereby making it easy for them to assist their children. Parents will absolutely enjoy knowing how to help their children practice the application of these rules, in creating, analyzing, and comprehending sentence structures.