When children first start school, they first learn "high-frequency" words. These are words like 'earn', 'learn', 'burn', 'turn' etc. Beyond the high-frequency words, come the more descriptive, precise words that make reading and writing richer. For example, the word 'walk' is a high-frequency word. The words 'stagger', 'trudge', 'amble' and 'trot', can all describe types of walking, and are the next step in a child's vocabulary. These are sometimes referred to as Tier 2 words in schools. We identified 10,000 of them with our team of lexicographers and literacy specialist and we call learning those words the 10,000 Word Journey.
Articles in this section
- What is the 10,000 Word Journey?
- Where do the words come from?
- Why should I subscribe for six months?
- How much adult involvement is required?
- Does Mrs Wordsmith’s programme cover material my child learns at school?
- What is the recommended age range?
- What results can I expect with a subscription to Mrs Wordsmith?