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Word Learning Strategies

On average, a typical school-age child learns the meanings of approximately 3,000 new words each year. Although some of these words are learned by listening to conversations and lectures or watching television shows and movies, the majority are learned by reading books and other written materials when completing school-related assignments or simply reading for pleasure.

During the early years of schooling, when children are 6 and 7 years old, written materials used in the classroom are relatively easy to read and understand because they focus on common, everyday topics such as eating lunch, visiting friends, or caring for pets. For example, when children first encounter the words apple, boy, and cat, most will already know the meanings and will quickly learn to recognize them in print. ...

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