Vocabulary Development - Ages 6-8

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Vocabulary development during the primary years, six to eight years old, is complex and exciting. Children combine skills they have mastered in isolation and begin completing increasingly more difficult tasks. Children at this stage are able to handle more information, are ready for school, and typically excited to learn. At this stage, children learning to read, build on various building blocks such as understanding how letters are visual symbols and have associated sounds. Once this skill is mastered, children then learn these sounds, when put together, form words and the joining of these words form sentences, paragraphs, etc... Eventually, this mastery of reading, leads to decoding skills, reading comprehension, fluency and understanding new and complex vocabulary. It's an exciting time in your child's development.

Reading is often taken for granted once children begin to read fluently. Reading every day will strengthen your child's mind and vocabulary.

Age Appropriate Learning Activities for Building Vocabulary - Ages 6-8

Six Year Old - Children love to talk at this stage and enjoy asking lots of questions. They enjoy being read to and reading on their own. Your child should participate in some sort of daily reading activity. They may begin to recognize some words by sight and are beginning to sound unfamiliar words out. Some children may even be reading on their own at this stage. Vocabulary typically consists of 10,000 to 14,000 words!

  • Provide a variety of books for your child read and for you to read with them.

  • Find time to read every day.

  • Play games together to encourage turn taking such as Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Old Maid, Go Fish, etc...

  • Continue to take frequent trips to the library to explore new books from a variety of genres and authors.

Book Suggestions:

Seven Year Old - Children at this age are becoming more responsible and are aware of their choices and how they impact others. They are able to focus on tasks for longer periods of time and understand the importance of sharing and working together. Because they are more aware of the world around them, they may also become easily anxious or worried. Emotions can fluctuate quickly. Their reading continues to improve and they may begin to read for "pleasure" without any prompting from adults. Children at this stage enjoy telling and writing stories and as such, their writing may show tremendous growth.

  • Play competitive board games with your child such as Trouble or Checkers to encourage following rules, problem solving and turn taking.

  • Continue to take frequent trips to the library to explore new books from a variety of genres and authors.

  • Encourage pretend and dramatic play through dress up clothes or small toy sets like action figures or doll houses.

  • Find time every day to read with your child from a variety of books such as picture books or more difficult chapter books in which your child is unable to read on their own yet.

  • Encourage your child to spend time daily reading on their own.

Book Suggestions:

Eight Year Old - Children are eager to learn and are excited to build on what they already know at this developmental stage. They are more responsible and crave independence when completing tasks. They enjoy being around their peers and participating in groups whether it be scouts, sports, music or other group activities.

  • Offer opportunities for your child to learn about various cultures and perspectives other than their own.

  • Encourage opportunities for your child to earn and save money.

  • Give your child opportunities to read about a variety of topics, cultures, or other topics that may be of interest. (see reading interest activity)

  • Encourage your child to write often through letters, lists, stories, etc...

  • Play games together as a family such as Uno, Chess, Apples to Apples Jr, etc...

  • Continue to take frequent trips to the library to explore new books from a variety of genres and authors.

  • Find time to read every day!

Book Suggestions:

There are so many wonderful books your child may enjoy reading at this stage. I've only included a few suggestions for each age, but the list could go on and on. I would love to hear what books or authors your primary age child enjoys reading. Comment here or email me at sarah@skbpublishing.com.

Happy Reading,


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