Vocabulary Mats

There are many ways to be creative when introducing new words to the children. I love finding new ways to introduce, practise and review vocabulary with my little ones. I began using vocabulary mats last year and I found them really useful.

What can you do with vocabulary mats?
These are some suggestions for the little ones
Point to the new words
Listen and point
Point and say
Use bottle caps to show me the words you remember
Show me your favourite word
Use the  new words in sentences
Clap your favourite word
Use playdough to cover the words you remember

If you are working with older kids they can
See patterns and relationship in words.
Find an animal that can fly.
Find 2 items of clothing.
Find 3 veggies.
Find a compound word.
Find a word that has…letters.
Find a word that sounds like ...(specify a word).
Find rhyming words.
Find similar and different pictures.
Find the plural of …(specify a word).
Find these words in a book or text.
Find words that begin/end with (specify a letter).
Find words that end with (specify a letter).
Find a descriptive word.
Find a past tense word.
Sort the words by number of consonants/ vowels.
Sort words by number of syllables.
Sort words by category.
Sort words by stress.
Write the words and check them together with the teacher.
Write the words in alphabetical order by the first letter, second letter, etc.
Use the words to make riddles.
Use the words to write a story or a poem.
Use the words to write sentences.

This is one of my vocabulary mats. Get it free here!


Introducing New Words

Introducing vocabulary

There are many ways to be creative when introducing new words to the children. These are some tips
  • Start simple - introduce a few at a time.
  • Use realia (real objects) toy props, posters, cards, photographs.
  • Have children open a packaging – add props or word cards.
  • Receive a letter, a present, something as a surprise.
  • Display pictures of the new words in the flannel or magnet board.
  • Introduce through a story or music or a poem.
  • Let a puppet introduce the words.
  • Have a hunt for the new words in the classroom.
  • As you present new words to children, let them show understanding by pointing, naming, answering comprehensive questions, giving body language responses.
  • Prepare some activities for children to apply the new words, such as cloze sentences in pocket charts, prompt questions, talking to a puppet.

Steps to introduce new words

  • Objects

Place the props, or the cards where children can see them.

Pick up one and introduce its name using the structures children know, for instance “This is a ….”

Then hold up each one and ask “What is this?”

Model the answer “This is a ….”

Ask questions such as “Is this a ….?”

Model answer “Yes it is” “No it isn’t”

  • Actions
Introduce actions by asking children to do the action.

Model first

Then give directions

Let children follow you

Remember it is necessary to re-teach and recycle new words during the week.

How do you introduce new words to little kids?


Happy Everything! Groundhog's Day

What can you do to celebrate Groundhog's Day?

watch Gobbler’s Knob prediction

do groundhog facts treasure hunt!

make pop-up groundhog

do shadow painting

do groundhog dot-to-dot

sing See My Shadow

make groundhog dirt cup treats


St. Valentine's Brochure

St. Valentine’s Brochure or trifold is great to learn about St. Valentine’s life.

Invite your children to look for information about St. Valentine’s life and complete the brochure.

You will find task to complete such as:

What I know

What I want to know

What I learn

You will also find questions such as:

When was he born?

Where did he live?

When did he die?

Why did he die?

Why is St. Valentine’s well known?

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