Lexicon

Piper is reading a lot these days. She’ll tell you her lexicon is expanding. Lexicon is one of her favorite words from Word Girl.

But I’ve noticed that Piper’s lexicon is limited to only those words that she likes.

She can read the regulars: to, the, it, go, I, and, etc. The little words aren’t a problem.

It’s bigger words that she struggles to sound out: work, sleep, pick up, nap. No matter how many times we repeat them, Piper doesn’t add these words to her lexicon. She won’t even try to sound them out, and she’ll often substitute a “more fun” word for those.

There are words equally as challenging that she has no problem remembering, though: play, toys, fun, park. She can also read every dog name in the book: Mudge, Biscuit, Martha. Per Piper’s request, we read a lot of dog books.

Hmm. I’m sensing a pattern. Like most things, it appears Piper’s lexicon will entirely her own.

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