When you are reading with your child take a moment to check your child’s understanding of words. Some children will stop me right away when I am reading to ask me to explain what a word means. Not all children will ask about a meaning but we cannot assume that if he/she doesn’t ask that he/she understands all of the words that have been read. Stop and ask your child what a particular word means to check his/her understanding and if they need further explanation you are able to provide it for them. Start tonight when reading your bedtime story to see if your child is understanding all of the words, you may be surprised.