Use this list of 175 kindergarten vocabulary words to build your child's language skills. Talk about these words together. Add these words to your everyday conversations, and soon your child will be consistently using these words, too!
This big list is arranged in alphabetical order. The printable list of 175 kindergarten vocabulary words is designed for students, parents and teachers. Below this list, find 100 of the words arrange in twelve meaningful categories on a second illustrated printable page.
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175 Kindergarten Vocabulary Words
All vocabulary lists on this page and throughout this website were compiled using multiple textbooks and online resources.
Printable list of 175 Kindergarten Vocabulary Words
As a former classroom teacher and home school teacher, here are my suggestions for using this huge word list for kindergarten students:
- Show children what words mean. For instance, label pictures around the classroom with appropriate vocabulary and spelling words. It's straightforward to label pictures of a dog, fish and elephant. But with a little imagination, you can also draw or find images for adjectives such as grouchy, quick and quiet, particularly if you talk about the words and pictures together.
- Use a LOT of repetition. Write two of the words on the board at the beginning of the week. Use those words again and again while giving directions, making announcements, and even while saying hello and goodbye to your students!
- Place students in groups of 2 or 3. Ask them to make a picture together to illustrate one of the vocabulary words.
- See more ideas for using these words for individual students.
Shorter List of 100 Kindergarten Vocabulary Words
Here's a peek at the printable page. The full version also appears below.
Remember, these are words that students in kindergarten should be comfortable in usingorally. They may not be able to read and write them at first. But you can help them work on those skills, too! Does your child already know some of these words? That's great! Have fun using the words frequently in family discussions.
Animals: cat, dog, horse, cow, bird, fish, butterfly, spider, frog, lion, tiger, bear, elephant, kangaroo
Seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter
Weather: chilly, warm, snowy, stormy, sunny, cloudy, windy, weather
Foods: milk, juice, water, bread, cereal, pizza, sandwich, apples, bananas, carrots, eggs, veggies (or vegetables)
Family: mom, dad, brother, sister, grandpa, grandma, aunt, uncle, cousin
Feelings: happy, gloomy, sleepy, patient, hopeful, quiet, worried, grouchy, delighted, proud
Other adjectives: delicious, bumpy, fluffy, polite, helpful, gentle, careful, healthy, sparkly, frozen
Shapes:round, circle, square, rectangle, triangle, oval
Calendar:day, week, month, year, yesterday, tomorrow
Community helpers: artist, teacher, farmer, doctor, firefighter, musician
Outdoors: playground, park, highway, countryside, beach, pond, ocean, mountain
Clothing: shirt, pants, skirt, shoes, socks, jacket, mittens
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Of course, this is not a complete kindergarten vocabulary list! Be sure your student is also familiar with a wide variety of colors and color words. It's not too early to teach your child to spell and write number words, either!
If your child is at the very beginning of language learning, be sure to teach these preprimer and primer sight words.
Copy one word on a piece of lined paper. Then, ask your child to do one or more of these things:
- Write the word again three times
- Draw a picture for the word
- Cut the letters that spell the word from a newspaper or magazine, and glue the letters onto the page
- Type the word into in a message on your phone
- Think of a word that rhymes with your word. Write a poem using both words
More Kindergarten Resources
Try some of these preschool and Kindergarten learning games with your favorite youngster(s)! When learning is fun, learning is easier. You'll find letter matching games and ABC games, as well as more challenging activities for this age group.
Letter Lane A phomenic awareness board game that features beginning consonant sounds for the letters b, d, f and m. No reading is necessary.
A Pickle or a TickleFun game for young children! Your students will need to listen carefully to initial consonant sounds as they play these entertaining games.
The Bugs If your kids like the BUG on this page, they're sure to LOVE the BUGS on thisword family worksheet!One bug dug in the mud. Another bug drinks from a mug on the rug. Learning IS fun!
The Big Pigs This whimsical page features a muddy pig with a wig, and pig that does a jig. What a fun way to learn the IG family of words! All types of activities, including games and worksheets, will help to reinforce the words on this kindergarten vocabulary list, and your child's vocabulary in general!
Find lots more Kindergarten Worksheets on our website!
All Vocabulary Lists
Kindergarten Vocabulary Words- 175 engaging, empowering vocabulary words, in alphabetical order, that every kindergartner should be learning. Use our convenient printable page. A second list features 100 of the words in helpful categories such as shapes, feelings, community helpers and more.
First Grade Vocabulary Words - 175 great vocab words on a variety of topics for 1st grade students to learn to use in conversation, along with suggested activities. 100 words appear in meaningful categories including sports, animals, compound words and more.
Second Grade Vocabulary Words :200 words for 2nd grade students to learn and enjoy! 100 of the words are arranged in helpful categories and are arranged on an engaging printable for your students. Challenge your second graders with more words to use in their speaking and written vocabularies.
3rd Grade Vocabulary Words- 200 words to boost your child's spoken and written language skills, arranged alphabetically! Print the complete list from the web page for best results. 100 of the words also appear in an engaging printable, arranged by helpful topics.
4th Grade Vocabulary Words - 200 4th grade vocab words to keep your students on track all year long! Half of the words are also arranged in meaningful categories to help students with word meaning.
5th Grade Vocabulary Words- Boost your fifth graders' spoken and written vocabularies with this BIG list of 200 words, arranged in alphabetical order. I've also selected 100 of these words to put into 10 engaging topics. Try the extension activities for best results!
6th Grade Vocabulary Words - Improve your students' understanding of LOTS of areas of learning by covering these 200 important words! I've included many ways to put these words into use, and I have links to other related pages, too!
7th Grade Vocabulary Words - Here are 240 challenging words to stretch your upper grade students this year! Follow all the tips and extra activities listed to get the most out of this mega list of vocabulary words!
NEW!8th Grade Vocabulary Words - Stretch your own vocabulary as well as your students' with this challenging list of 250 words! Lots of extension activities are also included.
Q: What are some good kindergarten vocabulary words?
A: Here are just a few from our list of 175 kindergarten vocabulary words: artist, autumn, between, bumpy, carrots, cousin, delicious, elephant, farmer, firefighter, gentle, grouchy, healthy, hopeful, idea, image, jacket, juice, laundry, lollipop, mittens, mountain, next, nobody, oatmeal, open, patient, polite, quick, quiet, raisin, round, sandwich, spider, tiger, tomorrow, umbrella, upstairs, vegetable, warm, welcome, yell, yesterday, zipper
Q: Should kindergarten students know how to SPELL all of the vocabulary words?
A: Not yet! These are words that students should be learning to use orally. They should be comfortable using these words in conversations, and they should understand the meanings of these words when they hear them in stories and texts. As students grow in language skills, they will eventually learn to spell them, too.
These are lists of easier sight words and spelling words that you may wish to explore with your student.
- Dolch word list
- 1st grade spelling word list
- 1st grade sight words
- First grade spelling words- short vowel sounds
- Grade 1 spelling words- long vowel sounds
- 1st grade spelling lists- nouns, verbs, numbers, colors
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4 The typical 4-year-old child will have about a 1,500–1,600-word vocabulary. 5 By the time a child reaches school age and heads to kindergarten, he/she will have between a 2,100- and 2,200-word vocabulary.How many vocabulary words should a child have by the end of kindergarten? ›
Some literacy experts like Tim Shanahan believe that kindergarteners should master 20 sight words by the end of kindergarten. The Dolch word list has 40 words listed for Pre-K students and some school districts require that kindergarteners learn 100 sight words by the end of the school year.What are Tier 1 vocabulary words for kindergarten? ›
Tier one consists of the most basic words. These words rarely require direct instruction and typically do not have multiple meanings. Sight words, nouns, verbs, adjectives, and early reading words occur at this level. Examples of tier one words are: book, girl, sad, run, dog, and orange.What is the vocabulary of a 5 year old? ›
After children begin understanding words in the first year of life, their receptive vocabulary size increases rapidly. At age one, children recognize about 50 words; by age three, they recognize about 1,000 words; and by age five, they recognize at least 10,000 words (Shipley & McAfee, 2015).What is the average vocabulary of a 5 year old? ›
Most “typical” 5-year-olds have a vocabulary of about 10,000 words. When children are in school, they learn vocabulary at a rapid rate each year (Merritt, 2016).What is the average vocabulary of a 4 to 5 year old child? ›
4 and 5-year-olds vocabulary is between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Speech at this age should be completely understandable, although there may be some developmental sound errors and stuttering, particularly among boys.How many words should a 5 year old say clearly? ›
At this age, children are forming complete sentences with as many as 8 or more words. Children of this age are using increasingly descriptive and specific language. They are also learning to identify the parts of a story, the setting, characters, beginning, middle and end, etc.What is the vocabulary of a 6 year old? ›
By age 6, children understand over 20,000 words, and their sentences are longer and not as simple. But even more amazing are the new complexities in their thought processes — their wheels are constantly in motion. With this deepening, you'll see a change in how your child uses language to express thoughts and ideas.When should a child know 100 words? ›
While a non-gifted child may have a vocabulary of 150 to 300 words at age 2, gifted children may have surpassed the 100-word mark by the time they are 18 months old.
Most children have a large vocabulary—about 13,000 words—at age 6. But they have limited ability to understand complicated language structures. From ages 6 to 10, children slowly start to think in more complex ways. This growth helps them understand and use the nuances and subtleties of language.What are high frequency words for kindergarten? ›
What are high frequency words in kindergarten? High-frequency words are those words that appear in print most often. But guess what, just 13 words in English account for 25% of the words we see in print. These essential words are: a, and, for, he, is, in, it, of, that, the, to, was, and you.What is Tier 2 vocab kindergarten? ›
Tier 2 words are words such as obvious, complex, reasoned, national, or informed. In contrast, Tier 1 words are extremely common, almost ubiquitous-frequency words that require little or no explicit instruction. They are usually root words themselves and are not typically modified with prefixes and suffixes.What is Tier 2 vocabulary 1st grade? ›
The grade 1 national reading vocabulary list developed by TampaReads includes 340 words kids should be able to read by the end of this school year. Most of these are short sight words, so you can learn these little words in addition.How fluent should a 5 year old be? ›
Kids 4–5 years old can follow more complex directions and tell you all about the things they do. They can make up stories, listen carefully to stories, retell stories, and say what comes next in a well-known story. Their sentences include 4 or more words, and their vocabulary continues to grow.What are Z words for 5 year olds? ›
At 4-5 years, children are getting better at conversations. They can use longer sentences and take turns speaking. Preschoolers can say what they're thinking, tell stories and describe feelings. Adults can understand most of what preschoolers are saying.At what age do children typically have 90% of their vocabulary? ›
Remember that the milestones on speech-language tests are based on when 90% of all children have mastered the skill. This means the majority of toddlers, usually 90%, are using 50 different words by 24 months.Can most five year olds read? ›
Experts say that most children learn to read by age 6 or 7, meaning first or second grade, and that some learn much earlier. However, a head start on reading doesn't guarantee a child will stay ahead as they progress through school. Abilities tend to even out in later grades.
|12-18 months||20 words|
|4 years||1,500-1,600 words|
|5 years||2,100-2,200 words|
|6 years||2,600 words expressive vocabulary (words they can use) 20,000-24,000 words receptive vocabulary (words they understand)|
|12 years||50,000 words receptive vocabulary|
Be able to count up to 100 and count a few numbers backwards. Be able to do some basic maths such as adding '1 apple to 2 apples makes 3 apples' and will be able to tell when numbers are higher than other number. Be able to give their full name and know their age, birthday and where they live.Should a 5 year old read fluently? ›
Some children learn to read at 4 or 5 years of age. But most will get the hang of it by age 6 or 7. It's important to remember that all children learn at their own pace, and the key to reading success is to make it an enjoyable process.How well should a kindergartener speak? ›
By the time a child turns 5 years old, they should be able to say all speech sounds correctly. This means that even tricky sounds like /l/, /s/, /r/, and “TH” should be produced correctly in a 5-year-old's speech.What is receptive language for a 5 year old? ›
Receptive language skills during this period become more sophisticated. A child learns to make subtle distinctions between objects and relationships. Also, the child can understand multi-step requests. Most children also gradually speak more fluently and use proper grammar more consistently.What is the average vocabulary of a 7 year old? ›
The top quarter of pupils know about 7,100 words by age seven, and add about three new ones each day. The bottom quarter have fewer than half as many words at that age – about 3,000; they acquire only about one word a day, so the gap continues to widen.What age should a child read fluently? ›
Reading fluency occurs when a child has developed the knowledge and skills to recognize words automatically, accurately and quickly. This usually develops at ages 7 to 8.What is the vocabulary of a 7 year old? ›
Your 7-year-old now
use a wide-ranging vocabulary when speaking (now as many as 20,000 words!)
- Ability to comprehend material several grade levels above their age peers.
- Surprising emotional depth and sensitivity at a young age.
- Strong sense of curiosity.
- Enthusiastic about unique interests and topics.
- Quirky or mature sense of humor.
Signs of Verbally Gifted Kids
Generally, kids who are verbally gifted have noticeable talents in five areas: reading, speaking, creative writing, foreign language, and general verbal reasoning.
By age 3, a toddler's vocabulary usually is more than 200 words. Kids can string together 2- or 3-word sentences. They can talk with you in a conversation that has at least 2 back-and-forth exchanges. Other people can understand your toddler most of the time.How well should a child read at 6? ›
First and Second Grade (Ages 6–7)
Kids usually begin to: read familiar stories. "sound out" or decode unfamiliar words. use pictures and context to figure out unfamiliar words.
Signs of an Intermediate Reader: Ages 6 to 8
Your child is probably an intermediate reader (also known as a developing reader) if he does most of the following: Reads smoothly most of the time with few mistakes, but sometimes stops to sound out words.
By the time a child is 5 years old, they should be able to say all speech sounds correctly. So when a child is 6, they should definitely be speaking clearly, without any speech errors. This includes pronouncing trickier sounds like /l/, /s/, /r/, and “TH.”What are the 20 sight words for kindergarten? ›
The Kindergarten Sight Words are:
all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, ran, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they, this, too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with, yes.
What they will learn. By the end of kindergarten, your child will recognize, name, and write all 26 letters of the alphabet (both uppercase and lowercase). They'll know the correct sound that each letter makes, and they'll be able to read about 30 high-frequency words—also called "sight words"—such as and, the, and in.How do you practice sight words in kindergarten? ›
- Tip 1: Expose your child to sight words early on.
- Tip 2: Make read-alouds more interactive.
- Tip 3: Engage all of their senses.
- Tip 4: Sort sight words into categories.
- Tip 5: Read and play with sight words daily.
Tier 3 words are highly specific for each content area, and are housed within a particular subject. Examples of Tier 3 words include: parabola, hypotenuse, simile, monarchy, osmosis, etc.What are Tier 3 vocabulary? ›
Tier 3 vocabulary is a term coined by Isabel Beck to describe subject-specific language. Every subject has its own terminology: chemistry students need to know 'polymerisation', mathematicians need to know terms like 'integer' and 'radius', while geography teachers have to explain 'biosphere' and 'atoll'.What is Tier 3 vocabulary? ›
Tier three consists of low-frequency words that occur in specific domains. Domains include subjects in school, hobbies, occupations, geographic regions, technology, weather, etc. We usually learn these words when a specific need arises, such as learning amino acid during a chemistry lesson.
Recall that Tier One consists of the most basic words — clock, baby, happy — rarely requiring instruction in school. Tier Three includes words whose frequency of use is quite low, often being limited to specific domains — isotope, lathe, peninsula — and probably best learned when needed in a content area.
Tier 1 words are described as common, basic, every day words. Tier 2 words are academic words used in texts across multiple contexts. Tier 3 words are academic words that are discipline specific and very narrow in their usage.What are Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary words? ›
On the other hand, Tier 2 vocabulary is more academic and nuanced in nature and includes high frequency words such as 'analyse' ''quantify' and 'examine', whereas Tier 3 vocabulary consists of low frequency, subject-specific terminology such as 'algorithm', 'cardiovascular' and 'Renaissance'.What words do first graders spell for grade 1? ›
Some of the 1st Grade Spelling Words for kids to learn are bird, crown, crowd, draw, dew, get, gown, eleven, eat, fast, fill, hen, hat, any, another, bone, tea, black, green, banana, orange, grape, kiwi, etc.What are 1st grade vocabulary words? ›
- erbium. a trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group. ...
- nanometer. a metric unit of length equal to one billionth of a meter. ...
- transdermal. through the unbroken skin. ...
- yttrium. ...
- hypodermic needle. ...
- wavelength. ...
- epidermal. ...
- tensile strength.
- arrhythmical. without regard for rhythm.
- bowelless. ruthless in competition.
- buoy up. keep afloat.
- Camellia sinensis. a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves.
- fierce. ...
- gain vigor. ...
- hackneyed. ...
Some of the Vocabulary Words for Kids are they, him, her, he, she, their, this that, old, new, book, big, small, light, dark, hot, cold, rainy, shine, of, on, or, etc.What are the first 50 words a child learns? ›
- Gain attention: “Mommy,” “look,” “come”
- Tell what he wants or needs: “Cookie,” “juice,” “help”
- Tell what he wants to do: “Swing,” “go,” “open”
- Tell what he doesn't want: “No;” “uh-uh,” “all done”
- Socially engage with people:“Hi,” “bye,” “thank you”
|Word||Parts of speech||Dolch level|
|make||Verb, noun||Grade 2 [as "made"]|
|time||Noun||Dolch list of 95 nouns|
|1. the||21. at||81. my|
|17. with||37. when||97. come|
|18. his||38. your||98. made|
|19. they||39. can||99. may|
|20. I||40. said||100. part|
- Start small. ...
- Build up your memory gradually. ...
- Learn memory tricks (mnemonics) ...
- Visual memory and imagination. ...
- Repeat and refine your memory tricks. ...
- Try reading the definitions in English. ...
- The power of routine. ...
- atrocity. an act of shocking cruelty.
- fanatical. marked by excessive enthusiasm for a cause or idea.
- pensive. deeply or seriously thoughtful.
- respite. a pause from doing something.
- discordant. not in agreement or harmony.
- eloquent. ...
- encompass. ...
T/F: For children acquiring English, nouns dominate early vocabularies: typically, of their first 50 words, 45% are nouns and only 3% are verbs.What are the 10 first words for kids? ›
In American English, the 10 most frequent first words, in order, are mommy, daddy, ball, bye, hi, no, dog, baby, woof woof, and banana. In Hebrew, they are mommy, yum yum, grandma, vroom, grandpa, daddy, banana, this, bye, and car.What are easy words for 6 year olds? ›
Some of the important easy spelling words for kids are tree, bee, doll, toy, chair, mother, father, piece, peace, camel, horse, family, friend, pony, jump, forest, deer, clouds, earth, moon, sun, jelly, bees, monkey, bull, etc.When should a child know 200 words? ›
By age 3, a toddler's vocabulary usually is more than 200 words. Kids can string together 2- or 3-word sentences. They can talk with you in a conversation that has at least 2 back-and-forth exchanges. Other people can understand your toddler most of the time.What words should a 5 year old be reading? ›
A 5 year old should be able to read short vowel words like: ham, hat, lad, pet, vet, Ben, him, nip, wit, hop, Bob, dot, cup, fun, pup. Keep in mind that I'm talking about a 5 year old that's been going to Kindergarten for a few months.