Use Toy Play, Book Reading and Mealtimes to Introduce Rare Words

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Toy play, book reading, and mealtimes present distinctive types of opportunities for the introduction of rare words.

Toy play is the least complicated conversational setting because it involves just the [parent] and the child and there are objects in the immediate context to refer to and few intervening distrations.

Book reading, in contrast, is a more complex vocabulary situation because there are two sources of words: the words in the book and the words spoken by the parent.

Mealtimes are also complex, but for another reason: They often provide a variety of conversational partners.

Source:  Beginning Literacy with Language, by David K. Dickinson and Patton O. Tabors, Brookes Publishing, pg. 97

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