Is your sixth grader a reader? One of the best ways to improve your child’s vocabulary and spelling is to have her read. Readers are exposed to more words, than non-readers. Just by virtue of the fact that they are exposed to more words, they are bound to have a larger usable vocabulary.
So is your child doomed to a small vocabulary if they are not willing and fluent readers? Absolutely not! Another way to get many of the same benefits of reading is to have your child listen to audio books.
In fact, audio books can be very useful. Consider this: not only will your child get the same benefit as reading, but also they will have the added benefit of hearing the pronunciation of the words, in context. Context is an important learning tool, because even if your child doesn’t know the meaning, he might be able to figure out the meaning by hearing how a word is used.
Summer is not far away, and your child will probably have more time for non-school reading. Consider what your education goals are for your child for the summer, and then encourage your child to read!!