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The Power of Words

The Power of Words
Developing a Vocabulary Rich Culture in Reception

168 pages | Corwin UK
This book explores the pivotal role of vocabulary in childhood development and early years curricula. Recognizing the challenges some children face, Stokes offers practical strategies tailored to diverse learning needs, emphasising how explicit teaching of vocabulary addresses diverse the needs of learners in the classroom. Introducing an original practical teaching strategy, GUIDE, the author aims to bridge the attainment gap for disadvantaged learners through methods of explicit teaching and a whole-class direct approach. An essential overview of the EYFS framework is provided, enabling practitioners to contextualize their teaching with important background knowledge. Empower yourself as an educator; empower your children through language.
Chapter One - Introduction: How do words work?
Chapter Two: Does the EYFS Framework and Development Matters Guide Effective Vocabulary Teaching in Reception?
Chapter Three: How do Children learn?
Chapter Four: Which Words?
Chapter Five: The GUIDE Framework: How Do I Plan A Lesson?
Chapter Six: Interact
Chapter Seven: Talk Talk Talk: How can we make every word count?
Chapter Eight: Purposeful Play
Chapter Nine: How Can I Empower Every Child's Vocabulary Journey?
Chapter Ten? What are my next steps?

Emma Cate Stokes

Emma Cate is a former teacher and early years and key stage one leader.  In her spare time, she writes about pedagogy at Emma Cate co-founded #PrimaryEssentials, an annual online conference providing CPD for primary teachers. As an educational writer, she has contributed to TES, Schools Week, The Headteacher, Teachwire, and Teach Primary. Emma Cate is the editor of, where she curates the latest EdTech news and views.  Her personal interests include being a proud cat lady, a book and film geek, and a tech nerd. She can often be found under a blanket, a cat in lap and a book in hand. ... More About Author