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PIE increases interest in reading and vocabulary development of students

Reading levels and vocabulary adoption are essential to academic achievement. PIE has designed modules to increase both reading levels and vocabulary adoption.

Reading is essential in the development of a child – it helps introduce new ideas and increases general awareness.  As infants, children are imprinted with basic words and all new vocabulary is learned based on this foundation. 

Not until the age of 5 or 6, do children begin to understand or conceptualize abstract words. 

This is a crucial time because the cognitive ability of children peak as toddlers and then once again upon attending school. 

Interaction and reading coupled with this increased cognitive ability allow children to gather new words easily.  This cognitive expansion does not have to stop though; if an emphasis is placed on vocabulary development and reading then this upward trend can continue. 

Praadis Institute of Education aims to fill in this gap and keep the learning retention rate high with PIE , the complete learning app for students in K-12th

Vocabulary Gap

It is important to note that students who read at least 30 minutes a day have a vocabulary that is approximately 12,000 words larger than students that do not read every day. 

By age 5, children have an expressive vocabulary of approximately 2000 words and a receptive vocabulary of almost double that.  This pattern continues to grow and at times can grow exponentially.

By age 6, expressive vocabulary increases to 3000 words.  By age 12, receptive vocabulary grows to about 50,000 words and this growth is due to the introduction of new words through conversation and school.


Long-term Scholastic Achievement

Vocabulary levels are a clear indication of educational development. Research shows that students who read every day for 30 minutes and achieve higher vocabulary levels, as mentioned above, score 3x better in percentage rankings.2

Expressive vocabulary is the knowledge and use of words in daily conversation or interaction whereas receptive vocabulary is the vocabulary that is conceptually understandable but not necessarily used on a daily basis.  These two vocabulary sets are very important as an educator because these serve as a baseline for instructional design.

PIE Story-Telling Sessions, Watch the Story, and Digital Libraries

Keeping the need to increase interest in reading and to improve vocabulary in mind, PIE is designed with several learning formats for younger students that promote the adoption of receptive and expressive vocabulary.  Listening and speaking are both important exercises in developing new vocabulary and increasing reading ability.

So, Story-telling sessions and Watch the Story modules have been designed to practice these two skills. As reading skills improves, access to quality material is essential to foster further interest in reading and so PIE provides access to Digital Libraries containing several categories of publications.

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  1. Lorraine, S. (2008). Vocabulary development: Super duper handouts number 149. Greenville, SC: Super Duper Publications.

     2. “What Kids Are Reading ,” Renaissance (2019).

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